IEC Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Application Preparation

You will not be able to stop the application process and complete it at a later date. Your application must be completed in one sitting.  These scholarships are reserved for students in their senior year of high school .

You must have the following required information ready:

    • Name
    • Address
    • Telephone Number
    • Email
    • Name and Contact Information of Parent or Guardian
    • Electric Cooperative
    • Name of High School Attended
    • High School Grade Point Average – 100 point scale (e.g. if your school uses a 4 point scale, multiply your G.P.A. by 25. If your school uses a 5 point scale, multiply your G.P.A. by 20)
    • Your parent’s or guardian’s legal consent to apply
    • Brief Biographical Statement – (approximately 250 words or less) that includes your educational goals, financial need and other pertinent information about yourself that you feel is important. Please do not make any reference to name, county or home location.
    • 500 Word Essay – an essay of 500 words or less in your own words. Pick one of the seven cooperative principles and share how your local electric cooperative embodies it:
      1. Open and Voluntary Membership
      2. Democratic Member Control
      3. Members’ Economic Participation
      4. Autonomy and Independence
      5. Education, Training, and Information
      6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
      7. Concern for Community
    • Character Essay –  an essay of 500 words or less in your own words.
      • Recall a time when you made a positive difference in someone else’s life (someone who is not a family member) . What did you do?  How did it make them feel?  How did it make you feel?  What motivated you to do this?

Other information you will be able to provide:

  • Work and Volunteer Experience – List positions held, for what time period, and whether volunteer or for pay.  Please do not make any reference to name, county, or home location. (Example: “Volunteer at National Honor Society Events, June 2019, Volunteer”) – up to 15
  • Participation in School and Community Activities – List activities (both school and non-school) in which you have participated, along with years of membership or participation and offices held.  Please do not make any reference to name, county, or home location.  (Example: “High School Soccer, 2019, 2020, Team Captain”) – up to 15

You are encouraged to prepare your cooperative principles essay, brief character essay, and biographical statement in advance, using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word, so that you may proofread your work.  You may cut and paste your work into the application.

Deadline for receipt of completed applications and submissions is DECEMBER 31, 2023.