United Cooperative gives scholarships

United presented $50,000 in scholarship awards last month to 14 students at a banquet at the cooperative’s Eastern district office in Burleson. A long-standing program at the cooperative, the scholarship awards were created to encourage and assist in the educational pursuits of the co-op’s members and their families. More than 70 applied this year for the awards. Local winners include $2,500 winner Valorie Phillips of Tolar High School, $2,500 winner Shannon Brenning of Tolar High School and $10,000 winner Ryan Pinson of Granbury High School.