ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Three dozen students at Jones County Junior College have received financial help for their studies from Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association.
They each received nearly $1,000 from the "Round Up for Education Scholar's" program.
It's funded by power association members who round their bills up to the nearest dollar each month.
Since the program began last year, more than $184,000 has been raised and overseen by the Greater PineBelt Community Foundation.
"It's really a win-win for everybody as we try to support education and possibly, provide some opportunities for somebody who might not have been able to go to a community college, or who might have been thinking they couldn't go," said Kurt Brautigam, manager of member services for Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association.
"I'm a pre-med major, so I'll be in school for awhile, so I'm trying to get as much as I can paid for until then, so thank you so much to the donors who gave me this money," said Kylie Bohannon, a freshman at JCJC who received one of the scholarships.
"It means financial security to me, honestly," said Will Folkes, a freshman history major at JCJC who also received one of the scholarships. "It means I'll make it through Jones completely paid for and I won't have to worry about money for whether I need a book here or a book there, through the rest of my education," he said.
More than 170 students from throughout PRVEPA's 12-county service area have received "Round Up" scholarships so far.