Montpelier AMP Scholarships

Two Montpelier High School Class of 2019 graduates, Hannah Bumb, left, and Rheanna Stoy, right, each won $2,500 college scholarships from the American Municipal Power scholarship program. Making the presentation at Tuesday’s Montpelier Village Council meeting was Harry Phillips, center, AMP director of marketing and member relations. RON OSBURN/Staff

MONTPELIER — Two Montpelier High School graduates received recognition for their accomplishments and financial assistance for college at the Montpelier village council meeting Tuesday.

Hanna Bumb and Rheanna Stoy both received $2,500 scholarships from the American Municipal Power (AMP) scholarship program. Bumb received the Richard H. Gorsuch Scholarship, while Story received the Lyle B. Wright scholarship.

Harry Phillips, AMP director of marketing and member relations, made the presentations Tuesday, saying Stoy was one of four selected from 30 nominations, and Bumb was one of four from among 29 nominations from the nine-state region served by AMP.

Both were selected based on their scholastic record, personal achievements and test scores, said Phillips, noting that it is unusual among such a large pool of applicants to have two students from the same school earn AMP scholarships.

“It’s a big deal to award scholarships when both students are from the same school and community,” Phillips said.

AMP’s scholarships honor Lyle B. Wright and Richard H. Gorsuch as leaders who contributed significantly to the organization and municipal electric systems in the region. Since 1988, more than $348,000 has been awarded to outstanding high school seniors through the AMP scholarship programs.

Phillips said Wright served on the AMP Board of Trustees from 1979 until his death in 1986, while Gorsuch was the organization’s president from 1983 until his death in 1987.

The Gorsuch award is presented to graduating seniors whose parent or guardian is an employee of either a municipal electric system or AMP, or is an elected official with responsibility for the electric system, and Bumb works part-time as a clerk in the village utility office. She is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to attend Trine University to major in biology on a pre-physician assistant track.

Stoy also is an NHS member and holds three school records in volleyball. She plans to attend Bowling Green State University.

Montpelier is a member of AMP, which serves customers in Ohio (84), Pennsylvania (29), Michigan (six), Kentucky (six), Virginia (five), West Virginia (two), Indiana (one), Maryland (one) and one joint action agency in Delaware.

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