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Scholarship opportunities for students

Published 8:03am Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Midwest Energy Cooperative believes in actively encouraging the next generation of business and community leaders with educational support and leadership development opportunities. As part of this commitment to community, Midwest proudly announces two opportunities for co-op member families across the service territory.


Midwest Energy Scholarship Program

High school seniors are invited to apply for one of the four $1000 Midwest Energy Cooperative college scholarships to be presented this spring. To qualify, the student’s immediate family must currently receive monthly electric service from the cooperative at their primary residence. Scholarship selection is based on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, community involvement and/or employment, and honors and awards. Applicants are also asked to submit a short essay. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a four-point scale is required and an official transcript will be required for final approval.

Scholarship applications and all pertinent information must be postmarked by Friday, March 14, and winners will be notified in April.


Youth Leadership Summit

High school sophomores and juniors are invited to apply for the 2014 Youth Leadership Summit (YLS), April 23-25 at SpringHill Camp in Evart, Mich. Presented by Michigan’s electric cooperatives, YLS is a high-energy, interactive experience designed to help young people grow as leaders.

Students from throughout Michigan will come together to test themselves with a combination of hands-on classroom exercises and individual and group challenges. They will also explore career opportunities, test their decision-making skills as an elected official, and learn what to expect as they prepare for life after high school. The camp is located just south of Cadillac on 515 acres of northern Michigan forests and rolling hills.

Four Midwest Energy students will be selected to represent the cooperative at YLS, and up to two of those students will be selected for a once-in-a-lifetime Washington, D.C. trip with the 2014 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour, June 14-19.

This all-expenses-paid trip provides students with the opportunity to watch history come alive as they explore the museums, memorials and monuments of our nation’s capital, and meet face-to-face with their elected officials. YLS applications must be received by March 21.

For more information on or to apply for either program, visit or contact Nicole Barfell at 269-445-1112.

Midwest Energy Cooperative is a member-owned electric utility providing electric distribution and an assortment of energy-related programs and services to more than 35,000 customers in 11 counties in southern Michigan and northern Indiana and Ohio.

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