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Scholarships

 

Scholarship Programs

 West Central offers three scholarship programs to students in our service area. See information and requirements for each scholarship below:

 

JOHN & KATHRYN ENGLISH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

I. Background

The John & Kathryn English Memorial Scholarship Trust was created under the terms of the Last Will & Testament of Kathryn English. The purpose of this trust is to provide scholarship grants for high school graduates who are or were active 4-H members at the time of their high school graduation and who desire to attend college to pursue a degree. John English, a former director of West Central Electric Cooperative, Inc., designated West Central's Board of Directors as Trustees of the Memorial Scholarship Trust.

 

II. Amount of Scholarship

The John & Kathryn English Memorial Scholarship Committee will award at least one $1,000 scholarship ($500 per semester) to a student beginning his/her freshman year in college. This student may reapply for additional grants for their next three years of study. The amount of these grants will vary due to availability of funds. The committee may decide to make one or more one-time scholarship awards based on merit.

 

III. Selection Criteria

A. The applicant will be selected without regard to sex, race, creed or color.

B. The applicant must attend a high school in West Central Electric's service area, or have a parent or legal guardian who is a current West Central Electric member.

C. A cumulative 3.0 or better grade point average is required.

D. A minimum ACT score of 18 is required.

E. Participation in 4-H at the time of high school graduation is required.

F. Two reference letters are required. No letter may come from a relative, and one letter must be from an adult involved with 4-H (for example a project leader, a 4-H youth specialist, a county livestock specialist etc.)

G. A high school transcript must accompany the application.

H. The Scholarship Committee will consider financial need and special circumstances when selecting the winner of this scholarship. Please address financial need and any special circumstances when answering question # 5 on this application.

I. Please submit a recent photo along with your application. This photo will be used for press releases and for the WCE newsletter if you are selected a winner. Winners who have not included a photo with their application will appear as “photo not available” in all publicity materials.

J. Finalists will be required to participate in an interview with the scholarship committee.

K. All scholarship applications MUST BE TYPED.

L. High School counselor must sign your transcript. (Home school transcripts are accepted, but must be signed by the teacher.) Applications received without transcripts WILL BE PENALIZED.

M. All of the above requirements, except item I, must be met for an application to be considered

 

IV. Application Deadline

All applications must be postmarked on or before Feb. 24, 2017. Send applications to Heather Hoflander, West Central Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 452, Higginsville, MO 64037.

 

V. On-line applications

Scholarship applications are available on line at www.westcentralelectric.coop under the heading “Youth Programs.” Applications may be printed and mailed, or filled out on line and emailed. If you choose to email your application, please also either email your photo as a jpeg to heather@wcecoop.com or mail a photograph along with your transcript. Applications submitted via email must arrive by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24, 2017.

 

VI. Finalist Notification

Interviews will be scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, March 22, 2017. All students applying for this scholarship should tentatively plan for an interview on this date. Those scheduled for interviews will be notified by Monday, March 6, 2017 by both phone and mail.

 

2018 APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DECEMBER 2017

 

 

 

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WEST CENTRAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE SCHOLARSHIP

I. Amount of Scholarship

This year, up to 20 high school seniors will receive a $500 West Central Electric Cooperative scholarship for use at any college, university, trade or technical school.

 

II. Selection Criteria

A. The applicant will be selected without regard to sex, race, creed or color.

B. The applicant's parent or legal guardian must be a current WCE member.

C. A cumulative 3.0 or better grade point average is required.

D. A minimum ACT score of 18 is required.

E. A high school transcript must accompany the application. **Applications received without transcripts WILL BE PENALIZED.

F. The Scholarship Committee will consider financial need and special circumstances when selecting the winner of this scholarship. Please address financial need and any special circumstances when answering question # 7 on this application.

G. Please submit a recent photo along with your application. This photo will be used for press releases and for the WCE newsletter if you are selected a winner. Winners who have not included a photo with their application will appear as “photo not available” in all publicity materials.

H. All scholarship applications MUST BE TYPED.

I. High school counselor must sign your transcript. (Home-school transcripts are accepted, but must be signed by the teacher.)

J. All of the above requirements, except item G must be met for the application to be considered.

 

 III. Restrictions

A. Children and grandchildren of current West Central employees and directors are not eligible to apply.

B. Four-year recipients of the John and Kathryn English Memorial Scholarship Trust will not be considered.

 

IV. Application Deadline

All applications must be postmarked on or before March 17, 2017. Send applications to: Heather Hoflander, West Central Electric Cooperative, P.O. Box 452, Higginsville, MO 64037.

 

V. On-line applications

Scholarship applications are available on line at www.westcentralelectric.coop under the heading “Youth Programs.” Applications may be printed and mailed, or filled out on line and emailed. If you choose to email your application, please also either email your photo as a jpeg to heather@wcecoop.com or mail a photograph along with your transcript. Applications submitted via email must arrive by 4:30 p.m. March 17, 2017.

 

VI. Winners’ Notification

Recipients of the scholarship will be notified by May 1, 2017 by mail.

 

2018 APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DECEMBER 2017

 

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WEST CENTRAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE AND STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS SCHOLARSHIP
West Central Electric Cooperative, Higginsville, Missouri, will accept applications from students interested in pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical Distribution Systems at State Technical College, Linn, Missouri. This program provides for students a two-year scholarship in a quality college training program, a two-year college degree, and on-the-job training. General provisions of the scholarship are as follows:

 

Eligibility Requirements

A. Applicant should reside in the West Central Electric Cooperative service area.

B. Applicant shall be expected to participate in an interview with the cooperative general manager and/or staff representatives in April.

C. Applicant should be a student in good academic standing with a minimum 2.5 high school cumulative GPA, or GED with 260 minimum score.

D. Applicant should be admitted as a full-time student to State Technical College, and be accepted into the State Technical College Electrical Distribution Systems program.

E. Applicant should attend State Technical College commencing during the Fall semester immediately following receipt of the application.

F. Applicant is required to complete a summer internship at West Central Electric Cooperative, the summer semester between the first and second years of the academic program.

 

Selection and Award of Scholarship

A. Selection criteria. To be considered, applicants must forward a complete application packet by the scholarship application deadline of April 1, 2016. The criteria used to evaluate applications for award will be based upon the following:

Academic achievement

Civic involvement

Leadership

Ability to communicate clearly defined personal goals through personal goal statement (on application)

Financial need

Interview conducted by the general manager and/or cooperative staff

B. Selection Priority. This is a one-time annual scholarship awarded to full-time students attending State Technical College. West Central Electric Cooperative will determine the number of awards based on need and the number of applicants as well as the availability of funds. In the event a student is unable to fulfill the requirement of full-time enrollment for the fall semester in the year the scholarship is awarded, the scholarship may be transferred to the next available alternate.

C. Scholarship Award. The scholarship provides $2,400 annually. $1,200 is applied to recipient’s account at State Technical College in the fall semester upon the student’s verified enrollment. The scholarship may be used for the cost of tuition, fees, books, tools, and/or other costs associated with a student’s education. The scholarship is renewable each semester if the recipient meets the continued expectations of the scholarship, up to $4,800 maximum per recipient.

 

Application Packet

 Deadline for application to assure consideration for the next following academic year is April 1, 2016.   Please submit the following to be considered:

1. State Technical College Admissions Application.

2. High school transcript or official GED score report.

3. Complete scholarship application, including personal goal statement.

4. Two letters of character reference.

*Applications may be printed and mailed along with transcript or GED report and letters, or you may submit this online application and mail your high school transcript or GED report and letters of reference. Applications submitted online must arrive by 4:30 p.m. April 1, 2016. Please also email your photo as a jpg to heather@wcecoop.com, or mail a photograph along with your transcript and letters to West Central Electric Cooperative, Inc., Attention: Scholarships, P.O. Box 452, Higginsville, MO 64037.

 

Expectations of Scholarship Recipient

A. Recipient must maintain 3.0 GPA per semester. There will be a one (1) semester probation should the student’s grades fall below a 3.0 GPA.  Failure to return to a 3.0 could mean loss of scholarship. Applicant will provide the cooperative with a transcript at the end of each semester.

B. Recipient must attend all classes and work. Absences must be approved. Excessive school attendance absences may result in suspension or termination of the remainder of the scholarship benefits.

C. Recipient must comply with State Technical College’s student policies and rules. Failure to abide by such policies and rules may result in suspension or termination of the remainder of the scholarship benefits.

D. Recipient must contractually agree to work at West Central Electric Cooperative for four years following completion of the degree. A copy of the employment contract is attached as Exhibit A. The receipt of this scholarship is expressly contingent upon the successful applicant executing said employment contract, Exhibit A. Failure to complete the contract would mean reimbursement of the scholarship based on incomplete term. Employment after graduation will be solely at the discretion of West Central Electric Cooperative management. The employment contract may be changed or terminated at any time due to employee misconduct or if a position is not available.

E. In the event the student initially awarded the scholarship is unable to fulfill the requirement of full-time enrollment for the fall semester, the scholarship may be awarded to the next available alternate.

F. Release of Information: In submitting the application, the applicant grants permission for the scholarship committee to review high school and college transcripts and to contact character references. Submission of the application also grants permission to promote and publicize the scholarship and recipient(s).

H. Recipient must submit an official transcript to West Central Electric Cooperative at the conclusion of each semester to verify eligibility and GPA.

 

2018 APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DECEMBER 2017

 

 

 

 

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