Jenny Ballard was persistent in pursuing the things she felt needed to be accomplished. It’s a trait that helped her and women like her launch Women South Carolina Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE)—a Women Involved in Rural Electrification service organization associated with South Carolina’s electric cooperatives—40 years ago. It’s also why a scholarship for women returning to school was named in her memory.
Sponsored by WIRE, the Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 award available to adult female members of Lynches River Electric whose pursuit of a college degree has been interrupted or delayed. The scholarship is based on need and personal goals.
Applicants for the program must:
- Be a member of Lynches River Electric or another South Carolina electric cooperative.
- Have graduated from high school or earned a GED at least 10 years ago.
- Be accepted into an accredited S.C. college or university.
- Demonstrate financial need and clear academic goals.
Recipients will receive scholarships for the fall 2022 or spring 2023 semester, with funds paid to the college or university.
How to Apply
The application deadline for 2022 Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarships is June 1. Candidates can fill out and submit the application online at The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina website.
Paper forms are available at your local electric cooperative or as a PDF from the South Carolina Living website.
Completed forms can be attached to an email addressed to:
or mailed to:
The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
808 Knox Abbott Drive
Cayce, SC 29033