Each year Northern Electric Cooperative and Basin Electric Power Cooperative provide a $500 and $1,000 scholarship respectively. The selection of the winners is based on SAT/ACT scores, grade point average, an application outlining high school/college honors, community and school activities, employment history, 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 16th, 2018.
2017 Scholarship Winners:
The 2017 $1,000 scholarship recipient, Roman Orr, is a sophomore at Bringham Young University. Orr is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. Orr attended Aberdeen Central High School where he was the captain of the football and basketball teams. After high school Orr embarked on a two-year mission trip to Guatemala. Orr has a 4.0-grade point average and would like to attend law school following his undergraduate studies. Orr's parents are Northern Electric members Daniel and Rebecca Orr of Aberdeen.
The 2017 recipient of the $500 scholarship was South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Sophomore Lily Cutler. Cutler is pursuing a double major in chemistry and chemical engineering with a Political Science minor. She currently has a 4.0-grade point average and wants to pursue her Ph.D. following graduation. She hopes to someday find cures for untreatable diseases and illnesses and has aspirations of becoming a state legislator. Cutler is from Claremont and is the daughter of Northern Electric members James and Lisa Cutler.