Federated announces two scholarships

Wed 12-5-2018

(Jackson, MN) — This is the 12th year that Federated Rural Electric, Jackson, will award two $1,000 Basin and L&O scholarships to two local Federated members’ sons or daughters.

“This scholarship comes from Basin Electric Power Cooperative based in Bismarck, North Dakota, which became a wholesale power supplier for Federated in 2008 and L&O Power Cooperative in Rock Rapids, Iowa,” stated Scott Reimer, Federated’s general manager. “Basin awards 137 of these scholarships to local electric cooperatives. Federated is excited to distribute the scholarship materials and select two local students to receive the $1,000 scholarships.”     

The scholarships are available to high school seniors and college students who will be enrolled fulltime in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school working on an undergraduate or master’s degree. Previous Federated Basin scholarship winners are not eligible to apply again. Applicants must be 25 and under and a U.S. citizen.

Applicants must complete a two-page application, including a grades’ transcript, ACT/SAT scores, write an essay and have an outside appraisal (reference checklist). The one-page essay should address: Describe how a cooperative can build a culture to best serve its members.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is January 30, 2019. Applications are available from Federated’s website (, at Federated’s office (507-847-3520 or or from local high school counselors.

The scholarship must be used for college during Fall 2019. Checks will be made payable to the school as paid by Basin/L&O. Scholarships will be distributed in August.

Last year’s Basin scholarship winners were Jessica Christoffer, Round Lake; and Hannah Johanson, Elmore. In addition, Nicholas Resch, Spirit Lake, earned one of 20 Basin cooperative employee scholarships for graduating seniors.

Keep in mind the Federated Rural Electric Operation Round Up scholarship applications will go out with the February electric bills; nine scholarships of $700 will be awarded locally.

Federated is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving 6,700 members in Jackson and Martin Counties.