Welcome! The Alabama Rural Electric Association of Cooperatives (AREA) is a member-owned federation of 22 electric distribution cooperatives.

Co-op Foundation

The Electric Cooperative Foundation was created by the electric cooperatives of Alabama in 1997 in an effort to give back to the communities they serve by providing scholarships for post-secondary and vocational education to accredited institutions for qualifying high school seniors. The Foundation awards scholarships to dependents of members of the participating electric cooperatives in each of the 20 districts established by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. The sole decision as to who is to receive the scholarship in each established district will be determined by the Board of Directors of the Foundation. However, the Foundation may request or enlist the assistance of the electric cooperatives in each district in disseminating the applications and information about the scholarships, and may request assistance from such electric cooperatives in gathering and screening the scholarship applications, although such assistance and the final determination shall at all times remain under the direction and control of the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

In 2014, the Electric Cooperative Foundation awarded 56 scholarships totaling $57,000 to graduating high school seniors in 20 Alabama cooperative service areas.  Scholarships ranged from $500 to $2,500.  The Foundation received 915 applications for the scholarships in 2014. Scholarships were awarded to the following students:

Sarah Abrahams Boaz Auburn University
Madison Allen Five Points University of Alabama in Birmingham
Joanna Armendariz Andalusia Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Logan Bailey Elba Auburn University
Hayley Bodiford Hope Hull University of Alabama
Eric Bossard Flomaton Pensacola State Community College
Lexie Bragwell Russellville Northwest Shoals Community College
Amy Brown Goodwater Spring Hill College
Olivia Brunhoeber Gurley Auburn University
Brandon Buckelew Opp Auburn University
Keelan Burnham Brewton Auburn University
Elizabeth Bush Dothan Auburn University
Phillip Cain Hamilton Freed-Hardeman University
Jessica Cook Sand Rock Jacksonville State University
Kenneth Cowart, Jr. Rockford Auburn University
James Dailey Flomaton Jefferson Davis Community College
Miriam Davis Deatsville Troy University
Cimone Davis Pike Road Tuskegee University
Ginger Gartman Thomasville Birmingham Southern Community College
Courteney Gifford Scottsboro Northeast Alabama Community College
Nivory Gordon, III Furman University of Alabama
John Harris Waverly Auburn University
Shelby Hovater Russellville University of North Alabama
Maklyn Hudson Red Level Auburn University in Montgomery
Alexus Jacobs Evergreen Alabama State University
Mackenzi Johnson Troy Auburn Univeristy
Brandon Litzinger Frisco City Alabama Southern Community College
Hannah Marshall Eufaula Auburn University
James McKelvy Hartselle University of Alabama
Christopher Mock Samson University of Alabama
Clay Moss Opp Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Rosamaria Paredes Higdon Chattanooga State Community College
Lauren Patterson Auburn Sewanee, The University of the South
Makayla Phillips Atmore Faulkner State Community College
Nathaniel Polchlopek Orange Beach Auburn University
Chase Reid Montgomery University of Alabama
Jackson Riley Brewton Jefferson Davis Community College
Rachel Riley Evergreen Jefferson Davis Community College
Andrew Rush Brewton Jefferson Davis Community College
Kyndal Sanford Gaylesville Jacksonville State University
Corey Self Andalusia Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Christopher Shaulis Brantley Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Jacqualine Singleton Flomaton Auburn University
Kylie Smith Florala Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
William Stone Brantley University of Alabama
Katelyn Taft Roanoke Southern Union State Community College
Benjamin Taylor Gulf Shores Auburn University
Dylan Teel Dadeville Auburn University
Alicia Traylor Arab University of Alabama
Katie Weber Crane Hill University of North Alabama
Maribeth West Uriah Alabama Southern Community College
Rachael Whitten Decatur Mississippi State University
Zachary Whitworth Brewton University of Alabama
Alexia Williams Union Springs Auburn University
Elizabeth Wood Andalusia Troy University
Dakota Yarbrough Somerville Jacksonville State University

Also, a $250 scholarship was presented to the 2014 Alabama Youth Tour YLC representative, Alexandria Selman, during the 2014 AREA annual meeting.

This was the 14th year that the Foundation has presented scholarships. From 2001 to 2014, the Foundation received 10,924 applications and awarded 423 scholarships totaling $355,250 to 66 institutions of higher learning. In 2014, Alabama State in Montgomery, Ala; Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Evangel University in Springfield, Tenn.; Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn.; Pensacola State Community College in Pensacola, Fla., and the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., received funds for the first time.