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2016 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Pioneer Electric Cooperative recently presented Greenville High School graduating senior Saloni Patel and Lowndes Academy graduating senior Millie Motes with 2016 Electric Cooperative Foundation, Inc. Scholarships valued at $1,000.

In 1997, the Electric Cooperative Foundation was formed by rural electric cooperatives throughout Alabama to give back to communities in the form of scholarships for qualifying high school seniors. Scholarship recipients must be a dependent of an electric cooperative member and the award is based on academic excellence, character and community service.

Saloni Patel is the daughter of Digesh and Sumitra Patel of Greenville, Alabama and Millie Motes is the daughter of Richard and Jeanie Motes of Tyler, Alabama. 

“We are pleased to present two Cooperative Foundation scholarships this year to such outstanding individuals,” said Pioneer Electric Communications Specialist Casey Rogers.  “These are two incredibly impressive individuals and we are thrilled to support their advancement to higher education." 

Patel was Greenville High School's Valedictorian and plans to attend UAB to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Biology with honors. She plans to take the pre-med track and attend medical school for her Master's. Patel's specialty is undecided.

Motes is no stranger to Pioneer as she was a 2015 Montgomery Youth Tour Delegate. Motes plans to attend Troy University in the fall to study pre-law. 

"Both Saloni and Millie have shown dedication and dependability within their communities and an overall level of integrity that should be commended," said Rogers. "They are well-disciplined, focused and tenacious individuals that are destined for success."

PEC proudly commends Saloni Patel and Millie Motes for their academic excellence and commitment in serving their communities. For more information, please contact Casey Rogers at (334) 382-4904 or by email at

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