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Scholarship Program updated

Applications for 2020 scholarships will be available Monday, Jan. 6!

At their December 2019 meeting the SCEC Board of Directors approved an updated Student Scholarship Programs Policy 1011 that demonstrates the Cooperative Principles and carries out the mission of the co-op by administering a more inclusive scholarship program.

Cooperatives around the world operate according to the same set of core principles and values, adopted by the International Co-operative Alliance. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the first modern cooperative founded in Rochdale, England in 1844. These principles are a key reason that America’s electric cooperatives operate differently from other electric utilities, putting the needs of their members first.

The cooperative principles most often cited when speaking of scholarship programs are arguably #5: Education, Training and Information and #7: Concern for Community. In expanding the SCEC scholarship program, the Board also took into consideration the first three principles: Voluntary and Open Membership (no discrimination), Democratic Member Control (one member, one vote) and Members’ Economic Participation (members contribute equitably).

Scholarships are funded by forfeited capital credits put into an account held in trust by Federated Youth Foundation and have no effect on members’ bills.

SCEC scholarships in the past were offered exclusively to high school seniors who were dependents of co-op members. The new scholarship program identifies six types of scholarships that may be available:

Co-op Principles Scholarship (up to three):

  • Eligibility: Children of SCEC members currently attending their senior year of high school who will be attending a technical college or two- or four-year college or university.
  • Selection: By committee appointed by cooperative management based on criteria related to Cooperative Principles (particularly Concern for Community), leadership qualities and academic performance.

District Scholarship (minimum one per Director District):

  • Eligibility: Children of SCEC members currently attending their senior year of high school who will be attending a technical college or two- or four-year college or university.
  • Selection: By random drawing by SCEC Director District.

Non-Traditional Scholarship:

  • Eligibility: Current members of the St. Croix Electric Cooperative and their spouses and dependent children who are 18 years or older, have not attended a post-secondary institution in the past year and will be attending a technical college or a two year or four-year college or university.
  • Selection: By committee appointed by cooperative management based on criteria related to Cooperative Principles (particularly Concern for Community), leadership qualities and other circumstances.

Lineworker Scholarship:

  • Eligibility: Current members of the St. Croix Electric Cooperative and their spouses and dependent children accepted or enrolled in a qualified electrical lineworker program.
  • Selection: By random drawing.

The updated policy also allows for internships for special projects and sponsorship to the annual NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association) Youth Tour to Washington D.C.

For more information contact Communications & Events Coordinator Michele DeLong at communications@scecnet.net or 715-796-5613.

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