SYLACAUGA, Ala. – The Sylacauga Utilities Board presented scholarships to four students for academic and vocational success on Tuesday. Any student whose parent receives electricity services from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority is eligible to receive a $2500 scholarship.

The 2017 AMEA Academic Scholarships were awarded to two Sylacauga High School graduating seniors, Madison Harper and Levi Parker. The award was based on academic merit, focusing on grade point average, standardized testing scores, applicant resumes, and letters of recommendation.

Harper plans to enroll at Auburn University next fall and will study Chemistry/Pre-Pharmacy with an ultimate goal of becoming a pharmacist. “I really like chemistry and math, and that’s the basis of pharmacy,” added Harper.

Parker will attend The University of Alabama in Birmingham and will study Chemistry/Immunology, a pre-med degree. “I chose Immunology because my mom has an autoimmune disorder, and that field of medicine has always interested me,” said Parker.

The 2017 AMEA Vocational Scholarships were awarded to Jacob Daniel, a graduating senior at Sylacauga High School, and Taivion Keith, a graduating senior at Childersburg High School. The Vocational Scholarship is awarded similarly to the Academic Scholarships, but it also includes an essay component.

Daniel will attend Central Alabama Community College to study Industrial Electronics and Instrumentation. Daniel says he was particularly interested in the repetitive field in which he plans to study, which was the basis of his decision.

Keith plans to attend Central Alabama Community College then transfer to the University of South Alabama to study Computer Science. Keith says he has always had a lifelong interest in computers, but it was a high school course in the respective field that made him officially decide to study Computer Science.

(Pictured L-R): Parker, Daniel, Harper, and Keith

All four AMEA Scholarship echoed each other on their reaction to receiving the scholarship, stating that they are thrilled to have been selected, as the reward will greatly assist with tuition or housing funds.

To learn more about the AMEA scholarship program, click here.

Jack Wilbanks for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2017, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.