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$10,800 in scholarships available to cooperative members

Don’t forget after applying to college and picking out your major, to look to Jump River Electric Cooperative (JREC) to help fund your college education. A variety of scholarships are available to active members and dependent students of active members. The JREC board of directors increased the 2020 scholarship award amounts, as giving back to the community is one of their cooperative principles; furthering the education of their members and their youth is another.

“The Cooperative is proud to be able to help our members and their students meet their educational goals and we know scholarships are an important part of making that happen,” said JREC’s general manager/CEO Jim Anderson. This year the cooperative will offer scholarships to both high school seniors and non-traditional students who will be attending a post-secondary college during the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Graduating seniors whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are active members of JREC and are attending one of the following high schools, can apply for a $500 scholarship by contacting the guidance counselor. Applicable schools are Bruce, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, Flambeau, Gilman, Hayward, Ladysmith, Lake Holcombe, LCO, Rib Lake, and Stanley-Boyd.

The $800 JREC-John Hirschfeld Jr. Memorial Lineworker Scholarship is available to active members or their dependent students who attend a one-year Electric Power Distribution/Lineworker post-secondary school program. Graduating seniors applying must attend one of the ten schools listed above or Winter High School.

Along with the lineworker scholarship, there are two other scholarship opportunities for non-traditional students attending a post-secondary college. The first is the JREC-Allen Beadles Memorial Scholarship, with two $500 scholarships being awarded. The other scholarship opportunity is for one $500 JREC-Charles Kagigebi Memorial scholarship and this will be awarded to a non-traditional student attending the LCO Community College. A non-traditional student is defined as a dependent student whose parent(s) or legal-guardian(s) or self is an active member of JREC and has received his/her GED or high school diploma for a minimum of one year prior to applying for the scholarship.

The JREC scholarship program is funded entirely from the Federated Youth Foundation (FYF), which receives its money through unclaimed capital credits. Applications for high school scholarships can be obtained from the school’s guidance counselor. All other scholarship application forms can be found online at Application deadlines vary by scholarship type and school.

The FYF is also accepting applications for the Charles Van Sickle Scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a pre-law or law student who has an interest in pursuing cooperative law. This scholarship is made possible by an endowment established in 2013 to honor Wisconsin’s renowned electric cooperative lobbyist and attorney, the late Charles Van Sickle. It will be awarded during the spring 2020 semester. To obtain an application form and a full list of qualifications, please go to jrec. com/scholarships.