Middle school youth can apply for Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives are partnering with North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to offer educational and athletic opportunities for middle school students this summer.

Applications are now being accepted for all-expense paid Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships to basketball camp. Boys may apply to attend the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp in Chapel Hill. Young women can vie for a spot at the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp at N.C. State University in Raleigh. More than 50 scholarships will be awarded to students statewide this year.

“We have awarded these scholarships to deserving students since 2004, and we are thrilled to continue this tradition,” said Lindsey Listrom, community relations specialist at North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives. “Camp leaders will work closely with each camper to develop skills that will benefit the young athletes on and off the court.”

Wes Moore, coach of the Wolfpack women’s basketball team, and Roy Williams, coach of the 2005 and 2009 national champion Carolina Tar Heel men’s basketball team, will direct the camps with the help of staff and current and former players. Participating students will spend time on a college campus, learn fundamental skills that will help them excel on and off the court, and receive direct individual and group instruction from Division 1 coaches to enhance their basketball ability.

Applications for both camps will be accepted from January through March 31, 2015. To be eligible to apply, students must attend a qualifying North Carolina school, and must be a rising sixth, seventh or eighth grade student. Rising ninth grade student are not eligible to apply.

Contestants will be judged on academic records, extra-curricular activities and an essay that must be submitted with the application. Applicants can expect to be notified of the results by May 1.

Recipients of the Touchstone Energy Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp scholarship will attend the overnight camp in Raleigh June 14-17. Recipients of the Touchstone Energy Roy Williams Basketball Camp scholarship will attend the overnight camp in Chapel Hill from June 20-24. Campers must have permission from a parent or guardian to attend camp and must provide their own transportation to and from the camp.

Eligible students who are interested in the scholarship should contact their local electric cooperative or Tonya Howard at 1-800-662-8835, extension 3081. Students can download applications at www.ncelectriccooperatives.com/community.

The Touchstone Energy Sports Camp program provides a unique educational and athletic opportunity for our state’s youth. The scholarships reflect Touchstone Energy’s core values of accountability, integrity, innovation and commitment to community.

North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.