SECO Energy is proud to congratulate its 2020 Scholarship Awardees. Each of the 12 SECO Scholarship awardees receives $3,000 in scholarship money to advance his or her education. Over the last two decades, the SECO Scholarship program has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships to more than 300 local students.
Awardees were required to meet eligibility criteria to qualify; however, due to COVID-19 school closures, the deadline was extended 30 days and a counselor’s signature requirement was waived. Scholars must be a high school Senior who is graduating in the current school year and lives in a home served by SECO Energy. New this year, awardees must be interested in pursuing a career in the energy field. He or she must also be seeking a degree or certification in technology, engineering, math or business and enrolled full-time in an accredited Florida college, university or trade school by the end of 2020. The 2020 SECO Energy Scholarship awardees are:
Tylin N. Barnard:
West Port High School. Lives in Ocala. Plans to study Chemical Engineering.
Vanguard High School. Lives in Ocala. Plans to study Manufacturing Processes/Mechanical Engineering.
East Ridge High School. Lives in Clermont. Plans to study Engineering.
West Port High School. Lives in Ocala. Plans to study Quality Engineering.
Joseph A. LaCourse:
The Villages Charter High School. Lives in Oxford. Plans to study Engineering.
Tavares High School. Lives in Tavares. Plans to study Electrical Engineering.
Tavares High School. Lives in Tavares. Plans to study Aerospace Engineering.
Stuart T. Palmer:
Umatilla High School. Lives in Umatilla. Plans to study Electrical Engineering.
The Villages Charter High School. Lives in Wildwood. Plans to study Business.
West Port High School. Lives in Ocala. Plans to study Business/Marketing.
William J. Simmons:
Dunnellon High School. Lives in Dunnellon. Plans to study Electrical Distribution Technology.
Alexander Q. Williams:
Eustis High School. Lives in Sorrento. Plans to study Biomedical Engineering.
Vice President of Corporate Services and Human Resources Gregg Morrell has high hopes for SECO’s 2020 Scholarship Awardees. Morrell stated, “The 2020 SECO Scholarship awardees are an impressive group of young scholars who should be applauded for their efforts. Students with their abilities and career aspirations are what we are looking for in our future employees. Based on the students’ field of study and career goals, he or she may be eligible to apply for continuing financial support from SECO and a future opportunity to apply for a paid internship which could lead to full-time employment with SECO after graduation.”
CEO Jim Duncan stated, “Congratulations to all of our 2020 SECO Scholarship awardees. You and your families should be very proud of your accomplishments thus far. I hope that our awardees will consider SECO Energy for an internship opportunity or as a future employer when making your career plans. The energy industry is actively searching for bright, young people to fill crucial positions in order to supply American homes and businesses with the electricity they need to live and work.”
Duncan continued, “SECO Energy offers competitive compensation, a generous benefits package that includes major medical, vision and dental insurance. Another benefit that is attractive to individuals freshly out of college is our student loan repayment assistance program. SECO is a local company that is nationally recognized as a customer satisfaction leader in the energy industry.”