Cooperative Scholarships

Each year Northern Electric Cooperative and Basin Electric Power Cooperative provide a $500 and a $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 and a written recommendation by a third party. The 2023 scholarship application can be downloaded by clicking this link or the button below.

The deadline to submit all scholarship applications to the Northern Electric office is February 10, 2023.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Northern Electric Cooperative

ATTN: Kay Albrecht

PO Box 457

Bath, SD 57427

Applications can also be dropped off at the Northern Electric Cooperative office on U.S. Highway 12 in Bath, SD, by the deadline.

To find the location of the Northern Electric office follow this link.

2022 Scholarship Winners

Dillon Browning ($1,000)

Warner senior Dillon Browning has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

Browning has a 4.02 grade point average at Warner High School and is involved in cross country, track, band, choir, one-act play, and oral interp. He currently serves as the student body president and will be pursuing degrees in political science and public policy. Browning said the $1,000 Basin Electric Scholarship will help him achieve his goals.

“I would like to focus on having a positive impact in whatever career I serve in rather than worrying about how I am going to pay off cumbersome student debt,” Browning said. “This scholarship will be beneficial for my financial future as I will be better prepared to afford college with less student loans.”


Matthew Mitzel ($500)

Matthew Mitzel of Mina will receive a $500 scholarship from Northern Electric Cooperative.

Mitzel is in his final year of home school where he has a 4.2 GPA. Mitzel has been a member of 4-H for nearly a decade and currently serves as the president of his chapter. He has also been a member of the choir for the Living Christmas Tree in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Mitzel is already getting a jump start on his college career by taking several dual-credit courses through Northern State University. Mitzel took a chemistry course at NSU in the fall of 2021 and his professor wrote a recommendation saying he was ‘one of the strongest students in the class.’ Mitzel plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at South Dakota State University or the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology during the 2022-2023 school year.

“I am deeply grateful for receiving the $500 cooperative scholarship,” Mitzel said. “It will help me take the next step in my career without being burdened financially.”