Each year Northern Electric Cooperative and Basin Electric Power Cooperative provide a $500 and $1,000 scholarship respectively. The selection of the winners in based on SAT/ACT scores, grade point average, an application outlining high school/college honors, community and school activities, employment history, and future career goals, a short essay focused on an electricity or cooperative theme (new topic selected every year) and a written recommendation by a third party. The scholarship application can be downloaded at the link below. Scholarships must be postmarked by February 17th, 2017.
2016 Scholarship Winners:
The $1,000 scholarship recipient, Taylor Ellingson, is a sophomore at Northern State University. Taylor is majoring in International Business with minors in Communications and Spanish. She works as a tutor at the NSU Tutoring Center. She also stays busy giving campus tours for the NSU Admissions Office. In 2015, Taylor was named the Northern State University Freshman of the Year. This summer she hopes to study abroad in South Korea. Her parents are Northern Electric members John and Nicole Ellingson of Stratford.
This year’s $500 scholarship was awarded to Northwestern High School senior Madison Styles. Styles has maintained a 4.04 grade point average while participating in numerous extracirricular activities like chorus, volleyball, basketball, and student council. After graduation, Madison will pursue a degree in pharmacy. She has already been accepted into the pre-pharmacy program at South Dakota State University. Styles is from Brentford and is the daughter of Northern Electric members Chris and Erica Styles.