Each year, high school seniors have the opportunity to receive scholarships to continue their education. The co-op will award one $1,000 High School Scholarship to one eligible graduating senior from each of the following high schoolsin our service territory: One recipient per school will be chosen in a random drawing at Riverland Energy Cooperative’s Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Qualifications and guidelines: 

  • Scholarships are available to high school seniors attending the following schools: Alma, Arcadia,Blair-Taylor, Cochrane-Fountain City,  Durand, Eleva-Strum Central, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, Gilmanton, Holmen, Independence, Mondovi, Onalaska, Osseo-Fairchild, and Whitehall.
  • One at-large scholarship is available to an eligible student attending a school other than those listed above.
  • Current high school seniors whose parents or guardians are active members and a bona fide resident of Riverland Energy Cooperative are eligible to apply.  A billing number must be provided in their name.
  • Children of full-time REC employees or directors are eligible.
  • The application must be completed in full and received by 4:00 p.m. at a REC office on the designated application deadline.
  • An applicant whose parents or legal guardian is not an active member, but resides in Riverland Energy service territory and is responsible for the electric bill, may be eligible. The applicant must have the active member send a letter that states that the applicant’s parent or legal guardian is reimbursing the active member for the electric bill at the residence. Upon receipt of the letter, the application will be considered eligible for the scholarship drawing.
  • The recipient will be chosen in a random drawing at Riverland Energy Cooperative’s Annual Meeting. The applicant, or one of the applicant’s parents or legal guardians, MUST BE PRESENT AT THE ANNUAL MEETING. If the applicant or one of the applicant’s parents or legal guardians is not present at the annual meeting, the applicant will not receive the scholarship should his/ her name be drawn and a new name will be drawn until the scholarship can be awarded to an applicant meeting attendance requirements.

Download a copy of the guidlines here - pdf

Deadline for Applications: April 8, 2016

Completed entries must be returned to any of our Riverland Energy Cooperative offices by 4:00 p.m. or postmarked by April 8, 2016. Forms can also be e-mailed to Beth Alesch at

Annual Meeting: April 16, 2016 - MUST BE PRESENTTO WIN SCHOLARSHIP


Non-traditional Scholarships

A scholarship is also awarded to non-traditional students at schools of higher learning. This will be awarded to someone returning to university or technical college after spending a minimum of 3 years in the work place or raising a family. To be eligible, you or your spouse must be a member in “good standing” and a bona fide resident of the Riverland Energy Cooperative service territory. The schools are: WWTC-La Crosse, CVTC-Eau Claire, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-River Falls, UW-Menomonie, MN State College and Winona State University. Applications are available at these schools.

There will also be one At-Large Scholarship made available to students attending other Wisconsin Universities, a Wisconsin private college or a reciprocity university/college not listed above. Please contact Beth for this application.

Other Qualifications for the Non-Traditional Scholarship are:

  • The Riverland Energy Cooperative scholarship recipient will be selected by a school appointed committee.
  • The recipient must have maintained a 2.0 or better grade point average during their current quarter or semester of post secondary education.
  • The recipient must be enrolled in a course of study leading to an associate or bachelors degree.
  • The recipient must be enrolled with a minimum of 5 credits and be in good standing at the school they are attending.
  • The awarding of a non-traditional scholarship will be limited to a one-time award. After receiving a scholarship, the individual would not be eligible for future awards.

The disbursement of non-traditional scholarships will be awarded after all qualifications are met with receipt of transcripts and verification of enrollment as listed above.


Scholarship funding

Riverland Energy is owned by its members and guided by a nonprofit, cooperative philosophy. When the cooperative makes money beyond expenses, the difference is refunded to elibigle members as capital credits. The scholarships are funded with unclaimed capical credit dollars and do not affect electric rates.

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