North Carolina’s 26 electric cooperatives are partnering with N.C. State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to make basketball camp a reality for more than 50 students across the state. Through the Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship program, each electric cooperative will provide one young lady with a scholarship to attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp in Raleigh and one young man a scholarship to attend the Carolina Basketball School in Chapel Hill. To apply, students must complete and submit the online application by March 31. Eligible applicants must be in sixth or seventh grade during the 2022-2023 school year and be able to attend camp in June.
“These scholarships provide an exciting opportunity for students to develop new skills and learn alongside their favorite collegiate athletes and coaches,” said Hailey Rodriguez, communications and community relations specialist for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of our scholarship winners, and we encourage all interested students to apply.”
The scholarships cover all expenses at the overnight camps, which provide a glimpse into life on a college campus. Campers stay overnight in college dorms, learn fundamental skills that will help them excel on and off the court, and receive individual and group instruction from Division 1 coaches to enhance their basketball and team working abilities.
“Athletic skill and talent are not bound by where you live or how much money you make,” said N.C. State University Women’s Basketball Coach Wes Moore. “Thanks to this partnership with North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, we are able to help kids who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to come to our camp, find and discover their true potential.”
More than 50 students will be awarded Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships from electric cooperatives in North Carolina this year. Now in its 19th year, the scholarship program demonstrates the electric cooperatives’ commitment to building a brighter future through continued support for education and community programs.