Watauga Students Awarded Scholarships from Blue Ridge Energy

Last Updated on June 6, 2019 11:01 am

Boone, North Carolina(June 6, 2019) Blue Ridge Energy recently awarded $33,000 in college scholarships to 12 students across its service area seeking to further their academic goals. The scholarships are part of the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track program designed to help high school students better prepare for acceptance into the college of their dreams. In Watauga County, three students received a total of $8,000.

The recipients are:

Aaron Lubkemann, son of Jonathan and Michelle Lubkemann, $2,000 to attend Appalachian State University;

Jackson Markus, son of Jerry and Amy Markus, $2,000 to attend East Tennessee State University;

Mary Louise Sprague, daughter of David and Diane Sprague, $4,000 to attend North Carolina State University.

Photo L to R: Mary Louise Sprague, Jackson Markus, Aaron Lubkemann.

Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track students begin college preparations in their freshman or sophomore year and develop leadership, interview and public speaking skills while preparing for the college acceptance process. As seniors, Leadership Track students are invited to apply for renewable scholarships worth up to $4,000 each.

This year marks the 60th year Blue Ridge has awarded college scholarships. To date, 474 area students and citizens have received $511,000 to help them attend the college of their choice.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Energy Leadership Track, visit our website,, click on “Community” tab or contact Grey Scheer, director of community relations, at 759-8994 or,

Blue Ridge Energy serves 76,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties as well as parts of Wilkes, Avery, and Alexander counties. The cooperative also has two subsidiary companies, Blue Ridge Energy Propane and Fuels which serves residential and commercial customers, and RidgeLink, a business-to-business telecommunications and broadband provider.

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