Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE) is a statewide community service organization established in 1981 through The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc.
WIRE was created as a non-profit organization to foster interest in and understanding of the rural electric program and to improve the quality of life in rural areas. The Lynches River chapter of WIRE was organized in 1994.
Their motto “People Helping People” aptly describes the volunteer work of the women in WIRE. Members are involved citizens aiding victims of tornadoes, hurricanes and house fires, supporting homeless shelters, children’s homes, and programs sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and the Palmetto Project. You’ll find WIRE members involved in the Operation Caring project visiting children’s hospitals and nursing homes near the holidays. For more information on WIRE, or how you can get involved, visit ecsc.org or just call the Lynches River office.
WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship
The WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship is sponsored by Women Involved in Rural Electrification and is awarded annually to a woman who may not have been able to attend college when she graduated from high school, but now wants to further her education. The $2,500 scholarship will be presented to an electric cooperative member based on financial needs and personal goals. Applicants must be a member/consumer of a South Carolina electric cooperative. For more information, visit: ecsc.org
The scholarship funds must be used in the fall or spring semester within the same school year it is awarded. The scholarship will be paid to the recipient’s college of choice.2022 Jenny Ballard Scholarship Application [PDF]