Hoosier Energy announces scholarship program to honor former board directors

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Hoosier Energy announced Wednesday that the company will be creating two new scholarships in honor of two of its former board directors that will benefit local lineman students.

Former directors and board officers Eugene Roberts and Dan Schuckman will be the namesakes of two new scholarships, which are a result of a partnership between Hoosier Energy and the North American Lineman Training Center.

During his time with Hoosier Energy, Roberts served as an Orange County REMC Director. Combined with Schuckman, a former Western Indiana Energy REMC Director, the two accounted for over 35 years of work with the company.

“Those who knew both men know they served with honor and distinction, helping others and improving life not only in their own communities, but far beyond,” President and CEO Donna Walker said. “Creating these scholarships in partnership with the NALTC allows us to pay tribute to Eugene and Dan, and their years of unwavering service, by assisting future generations of transmission and distribution line workers.”

Scholarship recipients will be chosen annually by the NALTC based on criteria provided by Hoosier Energy. Each scholarship, $5,000 per student, will cover the cost of housing, tools, equipment and first aid and CPR certification for two enrolled students at the NALTC.

The yearly scholarships will be rotated between qualifying students throughout Hoosier Energy’s 18-member distribution cooperatives in south central Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Preference will be given to students with greater need for financial assistance.

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