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Learn how one local teen benefited from our program

Here at PEC, we don’t wait until the holidays come around — we give back to our community year-round. This year, we will be featuring the many ways we make the Hill Country an even better place to live. Because we don’t just power your community; we empower it, too!

Kirby Cathey’s dad never cries. But when she was awarded the top $10,000 PEC scholarship last year, he couldn’t help himself.

“I have a video of him; it’s so funny,” Cathey said. “I just kept thinking, ‘This is not real. Are you serious?’ It was a moment of shock and amazement.”

Cathey was one of 28 local students who were awarded scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. She first heard about the opportunity through her counselor at Dripping Springs High School and says it’s the best thing she’s ever done.

“The scholarship covered my first 30 hours,” she said. “I couldn’t have gone my first semester loan-free without the scholarship. I didn’t have to worry about the financial burden of school, and I think that’s a direct result of why I got a 4.0 this semester.”

If you’re eligible, Cathey said you should apply for a PEC scholarship.

“Seniors need to apply because really, why not?” she said. “[The application] is easy to understand, and it is very straightforward. If you have a great resume, a ton of community service and you’re an all-around great student, you won’t regret it.”

Are you eligible to apply? Go to for application information.