Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Program
Illinois electric cooperatives will award seven academic scholarships again in 2013 to high school seniors through a memorial scholarship fund designed to financially assist deserving students in the “electric cooperative family.” In addition, an eighth scholarship – to assist with costs in attending an electric lineworker school – will also be offered.
The eight $1,500 college scholarships will be announced in the state in May 2013. The application deadline is December 31, 2012. The electric cooperative through which a scholarship applicant applies must be a member of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives.
Four scholarships will be awarded to students who are the sons or daughters of an Illinois electric cooperative member who is currently receiving service from the cooperative at the time the scholarship application is submitted.
A fifth scholarship will be awarded to a student who is the son or daughter of an Illinois electric cooperative employee or director.
A scholarship applicant is eligible for consideration in only one of the two above categories, and is eligible to apply through only one electric cooperative. The above scholarships may be used for educational costs at any two-year or four-year accredited college or university in the United States, including vocational/technical schools. The applicant must be a high school senior.
The sixth and seventh scholarships are reserved for high school seniors who will be enrolling full-time at a two-year Illinois community college. They may be the sons or daughters of an Illinois electric cooperative member, employee or director.
Scholarship winners must begin undergraduate studies within a year of being notified that they have won. Scholarship winners will be expected to be “full time” students (at least 12 hours).
Scholarships are for one year and are not renewable.
Scholarships will be awarded based on grade point average, college entrance test scores, work and volunteer experience, participation in school and community activities, biographical statement and knowledge of electric cooperatives as demonstrated by a short essay.
Click here to find Information, Rules and Online Application for the Memorial Scholarships.
Deadline for receipt of completed applications is December 31, 2012. For more information, contact Dana Smith at (217) 438-6197.
LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship Program
A new eighth annual scholarship, the “LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship,” was awarded for the first time in 2011.This $1,500 scholarship will help pay for costs to attend the lineworker’s school conducted by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in conjunction with Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Ill.
Sons and daughters of co-op members; relatives of co-op employees or directors; and individuals who have served or are serving in the armed forces or National Guard are all eligible for the lineworker’s scholarship.
Download Information, Rules and Application for the Lineworker’s Scholarship.