JC senior receives public power scholarship


COLUMBUS — American Municipal Power Inc. (AMP) has announced Sarah Swiger, of Jackson Center, is one of five recipients of the 2023 Lyle B. Wright Scholarship. This year, AMP is awarding 10 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

Lyle B. Wright was a strong public power advocate who served on the AMP Board of Trustees from 1979 until his death in 1986. The $3,000 Wright scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors whose households receive electricity from an AMP member utility. This year, 32 students were nominated for the Wright Scholarship, and the recipients were selected based on their scholastic records, personal achievements and scores on a test about public power.

Swiger is a graduating senior at Jackson Center High School and plans to attend Ohio Northern University to study biology/pre-physician assistant. Swiger, the daughter of Travis and Tina Swiger, is a member of the volleyball and cheer teams at her high school; has participated in band, marching band, show choir and choir throughout her high school career; and has volunteered at different events throughout her community.

“Congratulations to Ms. Swiger on her exceptional achievements. On behalf of myself and the AMP Board of Trustees, I wish her the best of luck in her educational pursuits,” said Jolene Thompson, AMP president and CEO. “It is great to have a strong municipal electric community like Jackson Center as home to one of this year’s Wright Scholarship recipients.”

The AMP Board of Trustees established the Richard H. Gorsuch and Lyle B. Wright scholarships in memory of public power leaders who contributed significantly to AMP and municipal electric systems in the region.

Since 1988, AMP has awarded $468,000 to deserving high school seniors through the AMP Scholarships Program. For more information about the program, click here.

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