Apply for middle school summer basketball camp scholarships

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Rutherford EMC will award full scholarships to camps at UNC and NCSU. The deadline, March 31, is quickly approaching for middle school students to apply for an all-expense paid scholarship from Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation to attend summer basketball camp at two of the state’s largest universities.


Rutherford EMC is awarding two Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships to local students this year. One young man will be selected to attend the Roy Williams Basketball Camp, June 18-22, at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and one young lady will win a scholarship to attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp, June 12-15, at N.C. State University in Raleigh. Applications must be received or postmarked by March 31.

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“Participating in these basketball camps allows young athletes to experience life on a college campus, learn from mentors at their favorite NCAA athletic programs and develop fundamental skills that will help them succeed on and off the court,” said Dirk Burleson, vice president of member and corporate services at Rutherford EMC. “The Touchstone Energy Sports Camps Scholarships put this opportunity in reach for any student, and we’re proud to support this influential program again this year.”


At camp, students will work directly with staff and coaches to learn basketball skills and about leadership and teamwork.


To be eligible to apply, students must be in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade during the 2016-2017 school year. Applicants must have permission from a parent or guardian to attend the overnight camp and must provide their own transportation to and from the camp if selected to attend.


Applications and more information on the scholarships can be found at Rutherford EMC’s website,, or by contacting Denise Gavin at 800-521-0920 or Lindsey Listrom at 800-662-8835. Applicants will be judged on academics, extracurricular activities and an essay. Winners are expected to be announced by May 1.


The Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships provide a one-of-a-kind educational and athletic opportunity to our state’s youth and reflect Touchstone Energy’s core values of accountability, integrity, innovation and commitment to community. North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives will award more than 50 sports camp scholarships to students statewide this year.


-Submitted by Denise P. Gavin