Each year Northern Electric Cooperative and Basin Electric Power Cooperative provide a $500 and $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 (new topic selected every year) and a written recommendation by a third party. The scholarship application can be downloaded at the link below. Scholarships must be postmarked by February 16th, 2018.
2018 Scholarship Winners:
The 2018 Basin Electric Power Cooperative $1,000 scholarship recipient is Matthew Sperry. Sperry is a senior at Aberdeen Roncalli High School in Aberdeen and participates in numerous activities including 4-H, band, and student council. Sperry has a 4.035 grade point average and plans on attending South Dakota State University in the fall where he will pursue a degree in Precision Agriculture. His parents are Northern Electric members Scott and Kathy Sperry of Bath.
Sadie Vander Wal
The 2018 recipient of the $500 Northern Electric Cooperative scholarship is Sadie Vander Wal. Vander Wal is a senior at Northwestern Area High School in Mellette. She has a 4.089 grade point average and is the Northwestern student body president. Vander Wal plans on attending South Dakota State University where she will major in Animal Science with Journalism and Biotechnology minors. Vander Wal is from Brentford and is the daughter of Northern Electric members Jeff and Beth Vander Wal.