Four awarded Freeland Scholarships from OEC

(clockwise from top left) Tilton, Smith, Leach, and Hatcher

Olivia Tilton, MacKenzie Smith, Joshua Leach, and Tiffany Hatcher have each been awarded $2,800 Louise Freeland Scholarships from Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives.

Named in honor of a long-time employee of Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives, the Louise Freeland Scholarships are awarded annually to the children of electric cooperative employees and trustees. A panel of independent judges reviewed the applications and interviewed the finalists before determining the winners.

Tilton, a senior at Talawanda High School, is the daughter of Mike and Teresa Tilton. Her father serves on the board of trustees for Butler Rural Electric Cooperative in Oxford.

Smith, a senior at West Union High School, is the daughter of Kenneth and Kimberly Smith. Her mother works for Adams Rural Electric Cooperative in West Union as a billing clerk.

Leach, a senior at Lancaster High School, is the son of Jason and Lynette Leach. His mother works for South Central Power Company in Lancaster as an accountant.

Hatcher, a senior at Russia Local School, is the daughter of Tim and Nancy Hatcher. Her mother works for Pioneer Electric Cooperative in Piqua as the marketing and member relations assistant.