Scholarships for Members' Students and Lineworker
Laura Cutler, President/CEO, has announced that MJM and the Illinois electric cooperatives will award academic scholarships to high school seniors in 2018. The MJM Scholarship Program and the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Program are designed to financially assist deserving students in the “electric cooperative family.”
What is the MJM Scholarship Program?
MJM will award two $1,000 scholarships to sons and daughters of MJM members. The applicant must be a high school senior who is planning to enroll in a full-time (at least 12 hours) undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, community college, or vocational/technical school in the United States.
What is the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives Memorial Scholarship Program?
Ten scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded in 2018 through the IEC Memorial Scholarship Program.
Out of these awards, five scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who are the sons or daughters of an Illinois electric cooperative member receiving service from the cooperative. A sixth scholarship, the Earl W. Struck Memorial Scholarship, will be awarded to a student who is the son or daughter of an Illinois electric cooperative employee or director. Three additional scholarships are reserved for students enrolling full-time at a two-year Illinois community college who are the sons or daughters of Illinois electric cooperative members, employees or directors.
*Only one completed application is necessary to apply to both the MJM Scholarship Program and the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Program, and students who apply are eligible to win scholarships from both programs.*
The tenth annual scholarship, the “LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship,” was awarded for the first time in 2011. This $2,000 scholarship will help pay for costs to attend the lineworker’s school conducted by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in conjunction with Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Ill. LaVern McEntire served as a lineman for McDonough Power Electric Cooperative from 1949 until 1991. He and his wife, Nola, endowed the scholarship to financially assist deserving individuals in becoming trained lineworkers. Sons and daughters of co-op members; relatives of co-op employees or directors; and individuals who have served or are serving in the armed forces or National Guard are all eligible for the lineworker’s scholarship.
“We hope to assist electric cooperative youth while honoring past rural electric leaders with these scholarships,” says Cutler. “MJM and the other Illinois electric cooperatives are always seeking ways to make a difference in our communities. One of the best ways we can do that is by helping our youth through programs like this one. In addition, we are very pleased to offer the electric lineworker’s scholarship. It will benefit not only electric cooperative youth but also those fine men and women who have served their country through their military service and may now be wanting to become a trained lineworker.”
For more information regarding the scholarships, call Brooke Gross at 217-707-6028.