South River EMC Awards First “Boots to Buckets” Scholarship

Corporal Tyler Keehn will attend the Electric Lineman Academy at Nash Community College on a scholarship through South River EMC’s Boots to Buckets program. Through the new scholarship program, the co-op plans to sponsor one military veteran to attend the Nash Community College Electric Lineman Academy annually, covering the cost of tuition, books, boots and safety glasses.

Keehn will be attending the Electric Line Academy from January through May. He is originally from Indiana and served in the Marine Corps from October 2013 to 2017, where he worked as an infantry mortarman.

Upon successful completion of the program, he will receive a Third Class Lineman Certificate and be poised to enter the electric industry as an apprentice or third class lineman (South River EMC does not guarantee program graduates a position with the co-op).

“I have always enjoyed working hard physical jobs. I believe working as a lineman is a great fit for me and I am ambitious,” Keehn stated in his application. He went on to say that he is extremely grateful to South River EMC and its members for the opportunity to help him achieve his goal of becoming an electric lineman.

More information on the scholarship program is available at