ASHLAND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky Power has established two scholarships in an effort to encourage more women and minorities to become line mechanics.
The new Kentucky Power Lineman Scholarship is open to students enrolling at Ashland Community and Technical College and Hazard Community and Technical College. Scholarship winners receive $1,500 to help fund their training. The first scholarships will be awarded in the spring 2019. To qualify, recipients must be enrolled in the lineman college program at ACTC or HCTC; have a high school diploma or GED and a 11.0 reading score on the TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education); have a 2.4 GPA; demonstrate potential for academic excellence; submit an application and essay answering, “Why I want to become a line person;” and require financial assistance. Preference will be given to a minority or female applicant when all other qualifications are equal.
The required equipment for the lineman programs can cost nearly $4,500.
To apply for the ACTC scholarship, students should complete ACTC’s general scholarship application, which can be found at ashland.kctcs.edu/affording-college. For the HCTC scholarship, visit hazard.kctcs.edu/affording-college.
“Kentucky Power and AEP have always supported the program through donations, including a truck and supplies,” said Jennifer Lindon, HCTC’s president. “When we developed the original curriculum, it was based on AEP’s curriculum, and that has served us well.”
Kentucky Power, based in Ashland, provides service to about 168,000 customers in all or part of 20 eastern Kentucky counties. It is an operating company in the AEP system, one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. with nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states.