Bright Ideas Grant Program

And the 2013 Recipients Are

Alleghany                Ashe/Wilkes                Caldwell               Watauga/Avery

Blue Ridge Electric supports education of our youth and our schools through a variety of scholarships, grants and learning opportunities. Each September, Blue Ridge Electric seeks applications from area educators and principals serving grades K-12 in public schools. Bright Ideas grants provide educators with funding of up to $1,500 per grant for innovative classroom projects that benefit students and would not otherwise be covered by the school budget. Bright Ideas has financed a variety of hands-on projects, including activities in music, art, history, language, reading, science, math, and information technology. Proposals can come from any area of the curriculum. Projects must directly benefit students, provide ongoing benefits, and use innovative teaching methods.

Blue Ridge Electric is celebrating its 20th year of offering Bright Ideas grants as part of our support and commitment to education. To date, Blue Ridge Electric has awarded more than $360,000 and provided direct funding assistance that has impacted over 100,000 students through 449 different grants.

Applications and full details of the Bright Ideas program can be found at All applications must be submitted online at the Web site above. For more information, please contact Grey Scheer, director of community relations, or visit Here you will be able to see sample applications, apply on line and get the answer to most any question you may have about your "bright idea.” (Note: online applications will not be accepted until April 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014.)

For the 2013 school year, Blue Ridge Electric received 59 Bright Ideas grant applications from schools in its service territory in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Avery and Wilkes County. Funds totaling $20,696 were awarded directly to 23 classrooms and teachers to benefit thousands of area students, teachers, schools and communities.

Blue Ridge Electric is part of several North Carolina electric cooperatives providing Bright Ideas grants. Together, we have provided over $8.5 million for North Carolina teachers and students.

Grant winners for 2012 were:

  • Alleghany District
    Melissa Fitzgerald
    Susanne Murphy
    Cecelia Hampton
  • Caldwell District
    Tonya Amelia
    Amy Bradley
    Elizabeth S Fox
    Denise Allen
  • Ashe District
    Jennifer Treva
    Barbara Heufel
    Katie Amanda Jones Hodge
    Teresa Goodman
    Calah Fortune
  • Watauga District 
    Lindsey Gough 
    Karen Dallas
    Jamie Dale
    Jamie Plummer
    Kim Holleman
  • Avery
    Calah Fortune
    Laura King
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