High School Graduate Margaret Weatherford Awarded TVA Power Distributors Scholarship

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SELMER, Tenn. – Margaret Weatherford, a 2011 graduate of McNairy Central High School, has won a college scholarship of $4,000 from the Tennessee Valley Authority and Pickwick Electric Cooperative. She is among 30 winners this year of scholarships offered to the dependents of employees of local utilities that distribute TVA electricity.

Margaret is the daughter of Kelly Weatherford, who is employed by Pickwick Electric Cooperative. Margaret plans to attend the University of Tennessee, Martin to pursue a degree and career as a pharmacist.

Margaret is captain of the varsity basketball cheerleading squad at McNairy Central High School. 

Scholarship selection is made independently of TVA and administered by Scholarship America, a national nonprofit and student-aid services organization.

This year, 143 high school seniors applied for the scholarships.

Scholarships are awarded based on the student’s high school grade point ratio, ACT/SAT test scores, participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience and statement of goals.

The TVA Power Distributors Scholarship Program was created in 1996 to reward excellence in academics by providing financial assistance to college-bound children of TVA power distributor employees. The $4,000 scholarship is paid in two increments during students’ freshman year.

Since 1996 when the TVA/Power Distributor Scholarship Association was launched, 357 awards totaling over $1.4 million have been awarded to dependents of distributor employees. 

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. 

TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities that can produce about 34,000 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA’s service territory are below the national average.