W.I.R.E.(Women Involved In Rural Electrification) is a volunteer organization of women associated with the co-op that perform many community service projects each year. Projects supported by W.I.R.E. are assistance of "burned out" families, scholarships and other needed community projects.

2011 WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship for Women Returning to College

The WIRE Opportunity Scholarship is awarded 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. A $2,500 one-time scholarship will be presented to an electric cooperative member in South Carolina based on the applicant’s information.

Applicants for the WIRE Opportunity Scholarship must:

  • Be a member of a South Carolina electric cooperative
  • Have graduated from high school or earned your GED at least 10 years ago
  • Obtain acceptance into an accredited South Carolina college or university. Proof of registration/enrollment may be requested.
  • Demonstrate financial need

Women who have previously obtained a four-year college degree are not eligible for this scholarship; however, applicants may have previously earned a two-year degree or some college credits.

Deadline for application is June 1, 2011. Applications are available at your local cooperative. The winner will receive the scholarship for the Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 school semester which must be used during the specified time frame. The scholarship will be paid jointly to the winner and the college of choice.

Please mail or fax your application by June 1, 2011, to your local cooperative’s WIRE representative or WIRE Scholarship Committee:

Attention: Christy Overstreet
Marlboro Electric Cooperative, Inc.
P.O. Box 1057
Bennettsville, SC 29512
fax (843) 479-8990.

2011 WIRE Scholarship Application

Local WIRE chapter electrifies community

WIRE ladies enjoyed a presentation from Marlboro County’s Clemson 4-H Director Michael McManus and students.

Emma Huckabee was honored as the 2010 WIRE Woman of the Year in recognition of her outstanding commitment, service and dedication.

The local WIRE chapter donated school supplies in January for 4th grade teachers and students in Marlboro County. The donation during this time of year will help needy students and teachers finish out the latter part of the school year when resources become scarce. WIRE members Rosa Leviner and Mary Baker delivered school supplies to Wallace Elementary and Willa Johnson delivered school to Bennettsville Elementary.

Marlboro Electric Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE) has been busy electrifying the community with generous support.

Each year, WIRE sells items and hosts the concessions at the Annual Meeting to raise funds to donate to needy causes in the community. Local WIRE ladies work hard to spread their love, concern and caring in which rural citizens are known for. In their efforts of working for better communities, WIRE continues to touch the lives of many people.

WIRE is a non-profit community outreach organization that encourages interest electric programs and works to improve the quality of life in rural areas. Membership is open to all women who are co-op members, trustees and employees or the spouses of members, trustees and employees.

WIRE blesses Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving is a great time for Marlboro Electric’s WIRE to share and give thanks. What better way to do this than by donating funds to First Presbyterian Church for the Second Annual Marlboro County Thanksgiving Feast.

"Our local WIRE group is excited about contributing to help provide the hungry, lonely, and most needy in Marlboro County a hot Thanksgiving dinner," said Gwendolyn Moses, WIRE President. "Their purpose for this mission project is much like WIRE’s moto - People Helping People."

WIRE ladies also collected canned goods and purchased canned meat in November and December for the Bread of Life food pantry in their efforts to feed the hungry in our community.

Another recipient is Grace & Mercy Center, Circuit 1 UMC, Marshall Street, Bennettsville. In a thank you letter to WIRE, Grace & Mercy of Bennettsville wrote, “We sincerely thank you…donations such as yours are what enable us to serve the needs of our sisters and brothers in Marlboro County and other surrounding areas with food and clothing. Continue to be generous in your giving; abounding in your love, caring in your heart and God will surely bless you with the richness of his GRACE AND MERCY.”

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