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$56,250 in scholarships to class of 2018, apply now

Scholarship winners class of 2017Just in time for a new school year, applications are now available for Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative’s Community Service Scholarship Program.

The co-op will award 45 scholarships for $1,250 each to the Class of 2018, for a total of $56,250.

Scholarship candidates are also invited to apply for the 2018 Youth Tour of Washington, D.C. Two trips will be awarded, valued at $2,500 each.

Polk-Burnett’s scholarship program is based on community service, rather than academic grades, athletic performance or financial need. Candidates are required to submit a community service resume. In addition, candidates must be the son or daughter of a Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative member, graduating from high school in 2018 and continuing their education at an accredited technical school, college or university after high school.

“This is our opportunity to recognize the sons and daughters of co-op members who have made a difference in the lives of others,” said Joan O’Fallon, Polk-Burnett communications director.  “Since 1987, Polk-Burnett has awarded more than $599,000 to high school seniors. You could be one of them!”

“Giving back to our community and local youth is part of our mission as a cooperative,” added Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane. “And it’s important to know that Polk-Burnett scholarships do not affect electricity rates; they are funded with unclaimed capital credits that if not used for education would be forfeited to the state.”

Scholarship applications are available at local high schools, Polk-Burnett offices in Siren and Centuria, and online at The application deadline is Friday, January 5, 2018. For more information, contact 800-421-0283 or scholarship webpage


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