Shelbyville Daily Union

June 29, 2011

3 Named Cooperative’s Scholarship Winners


SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Three area youth were each awarded $1,000 scholarships and recognized during the Shelby Electric Cooperative 73rd annual meeting of members on Friday, June 10.

This year’s winners are David Kirkbride of Pana, Ryan Gant of Moweaqua and Zechariah Schwerman of Shelbyville.

Kirkbride is a graduate of Pana High School and will be attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he will be studying Chemistry and Pre-Med. He is the son of Tom and Geri Kirkbride.

Gant is a graduate of Central A&M High School and will be attending the University of Illinois to study Communication with a Pre-Law Track. He is the son of Rodney Gant.

Schwerman was home schooled and will be attending Lake Land Junior College then continue on to the University of Illinois where he will be studying Computer Engineering. He is the son of James and Valerie Schwerman.

“We are always pleased to be able to provide our scholarships each year to these outstanding students as a way to give back to the communities we serve,” noted Cooperative Board Chairman Darrell Shumard.

Marla Eversole, who coordinates this program for the cooperative, will begin notifying schools within the cooperative’s service territory in January about the 2012 scholarships.

To learn more about the scholarship, visit the cooperative’s website at under the “Our Community” menu tab. Become a fan of the cooperative’s Facebook page by searching Shelby Electric Cooperative.