North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Provide Deserving Students With Unique Opportunity

Raleigh, N.C. —North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives are providing deserving students from across the state the opportunity to attend two local basketball camps again this year.  The scholarships are being offered to rising 6-8th grade females to attend the Kellie Harper Basketball Camp at N.C. State University and to rising 6-8th grade males to attend the Roy Williams Basketball Camp at UNC-Chapel Hill. North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives will send more than 50 students to the camps this year.

“We are proud of the Touchstone Energy Sports Camps program and are pleased to provide these scholarships for North Carolina students year after year,” said Morgan Lashley, communications specialist for North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives.  “This program gives students the opportunity to stay on a college campus and learn from acclaimed NCAA Division I coaches.”

Kellie Harper was named head coach of the Wolfpack women’s basketball team last season, after five winning seasons as head coach at Western Carolina. Roy Williams is in his seventh season with the Tar Heels and has led the team to two national titles and three Final Fours.  Both coaches will use the help of their staff and current players to conduct their camps.  Both camps will work closely with each camper to develop skills that will benefit the young athletes both on and off the court.

Applications for both camps will be accepted from January 4 through March 31, 2010. The winners of the scholarships will be announced no later than May 1.

Winners of the Touchstone Energy Kellie Harper Basketball Camp Scholarship will attend the overnight camp in Raleigh, June 20-23, while winners of the Touchstone Energy Roy Williams Basketball Camp Scholarship will attend the overnight camp in Chapel Hill, June 19-23. Campers must have permission from a parent or guardian to attend the camp and must provide their own transportation to and from the camp.

Eligible students who are interested in applying for the scholarship should contact their local electric cooperative or Morgan Lashley at 1-800-662-8835 ext. 3214 or  Students can download an application at  Applicants will be judged on their academics, extra-curricular activities and an essay that must be submitted with the application. To learn more about the boy’s camp, visit

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.