At their December 2019 meeting the SCEC Board of Directors approved an updated Student Scholarship Programs Policy 1011 that demonstrates the Cooperative Principles and carries out the mission of the co-op by administering a more inclusive scholarship program.
The cooperative principles most often cited when speaking of scholarship programs are arguably #5: Education, Training and Information and #7: Concern for Community. In expanding the SCEC scholarship program, the Board also took into consideration the first three principles: Voluntary and Open Membership (no discrimination), Democratic Member Control (one member, one vote) and Members’ Economic Participation (members contribute equitably).
Scholarships are funded by forfeited capital credits put into an account held in trust by Federated Youth Foundation and have no effect on members’ bills.
SCEC scholarships in the past were offered exclusively to high school seniors who were dependents of co-op members.
In 2019, 18 area high school students received a total of $18,000 in scholarships through SCEC. In 2020, 24 area high school students and three older college students received a total of $21,500 in scholarships through SCEC.
New this year - Lineworker Scholarships: In most cases, there are waiting lists for Electrical Power Distribution courses, and students rarely begin the program straight out of high school. Of this year’s three Lineworker Scholarship recipients, one - Collin Burns - is currently in an EPD program and the other two are high school seniors: Zachary Nilssen will begin at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in June and Brent Paulson Jr. is on the waiting list for the course at Chippewa Valley Technical College.