Missouri River Energy Services Scholarship Program
Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), one of Marshall Municipal Utilities electric power providers, has established a scholarship program to assist high school seniors with educational pursuits that are related to the electric industry. Up to 12 scholarships will be granted each year in two categories. The program is administered by Kaleidoscope, a dedicated partner in scholarship and grant management.
The Scholarship application deadline is March 15, 2024 5:00 PM Central Time.
Applicants to the Missouri River Energy Services Scholarship Program must meet all criteria in one of two areas:
1) Scholarships for Full-Time Undergraduate Studies
Up to five (5) scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to high school seniors who meet the following qualifications:
- High school seniors who reside in a household receiving electric service from a Missouri River Energy Services' member utility. Residence eligibility may be verified by calling Marshall Municipal Utilities. Eligible high schools are designated by Missouri River Energy Services.
- Plan to enroll in a full-time* undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school no later than the fall of 2024.
Scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing courses of study for careers related to the electric industry, such as an electrical technician (field service technician, wind turbine maintenance, power plant maintenance, etc.), electrical engineer or other engineering disciplines, mathematics, science, energy management, or other related fields such as accounting.
These awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance in a full-time course of study and continuation of the program by MRES.
*Full-time study is defined as full-time enrollment for the entire academic year.
2) Scholarships for Students in a Powerline/Lineworker Program
Up to seven (7) scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to students who meet the following qualifications:
Must enroll in a full-time* Powerline/Lineworker Program at an eligible technical college no later than fall of 2024.
Eligible technical colleges include the following:
- Bismark State College - Bismark, ND
- Dakota County Technical College - Rosemount, MN
- Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Granite Falls, MN Campus
- Minnesota West Community and Technical College - Jackson, MN Campus
- Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena, MN Campus
- Mitchell Technical Institute - Mitchell, SD
- Northwest Iowa Community and Technical College - Sheldon, IA.
Powerline/Lineworker scholarships are one-time only and not renewable. Applicants do not need to reside in a household receiving electric service from an MRES member utility.
Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association Scholarship Program
The Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) Scholarship Program is offered through Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) to High School Seniors who (or their legal guardian) are current customers of MMU. The MMUA scholarship funds totaling $5,000, are split four ways and awarded to First ($2,000), Second ($1,500), Third ($1,000), and Fourth place ($500) essay contest winners who plan to attend a post secondary educational institution.
Submitted essays are to be 500 to 750 words in length, typed and doubled spaced reflecting on one or more of the following prompts:
• What is the benefit of a city maintaining local control of its utilities?
• How does your hometown provide reliable, sustainable, and affordable utility service?
• How does your municipal utility make life easier for its customers?
All essays should include a cover page with the writers name and address.
The deadline for submitting essays to Marshall Municipal Utilities is Friday April 14, 2023.
MMUA Scholarship Program Instructions, Guidelines, and Application Forms are available on line through the links below and at the Marshall High School.
An independent evaluator will make the determination of the local winning essay which will be forwarded to MMUA for competition at the state level. The MMUA Communications/Member Services Committee will recommend four essays to the MMUA board for final awards at the state level.
MMUA will announce the state winners in May.
Scholarship money will be payable upon receipt of a fee statement from an accredited post-secondary educational institution. The award checks will be made payable to the contest winner and the post-secondary institution. If the contest winner does not attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution within two years, the money will revert to a trust fund and become available to future contest winners.