Scholarships are funded primarily by unclaimed Patronage Capital. When Fall River is unable to return patronage capital to members who have earned it, those funds are returned to members by way of our scholarship program where students earning scholarships must be children of members or have guardians that are members of Fall River Electric.  You can also choose to donate your future patronage capital checks to the scholarship fund.

All students receiving scholarships are either graduating high school seniors or continuing college students. Pictured above are the 2020 high school students that received scholarships. For a list of all the students that received scholarships in 2020, scroll down this page. Follow the link for selection guidelines and criteria- Scholarship Guidelines – 2021 Selection Criteria

An essay in required to be provided with each scholarship application. Here are the instructions for that essay: Scholarship Essay Instructions 2021.

Applications for 2021 are now OPEN.   DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH 26, 2021.

Winners will be announced as part of the Cooperative’s annual Meeting of Members to be held on June 19, 2021.

Over history, Fall River Electric Cooperative has helped hundreds of students gain access to higher education. Scholarships total $2,400 and are paid in increments of $600 annually with applications due in March of each year for the school semester beginning the following fall. Scholarships are available for high school seniors planning to attend college, and to those already enrolled in higher education. Students may apply for any of the four scholarship programs listed below.

 High School Seniors

Twenty four scholarships are available to high school seniors whose parents are members of the Cooperative, and who attend a high school within the Cooperative’s service territory. Please download the Scholarship High School Grad Application 2021 to apply.

At Large Scholarships

Two $600 scholarships are available to high school seniors whose parents are members of the Cooperative, but who attend a high school outside of the Cooperative’s service territory. Use this application form Scholarships At-Large Application 2021.

Continuing Education

Scholarship recipients may renew their original scholarship for up to three years, but must submit an application each year. Click here for the form Scholarships Continuing Education Application 2021 .

Helping Hands Scholarship

Three scholarships are available to students who did not receive a high school scholarship but want to attend college . Download an application here Scholarship Helping Hand Application 2021.

Selection criteria for ALL scholarships includes

  • Financial need (25 percent)
  • Scholastic achievement (25 percent)
  • Achievement in extracurricular activities (25 percent)
  • Essay (25 percent)

Download this form that explains the criteria for being considered for a scholarship: Scholarship Guidelines & Selection Criteria

You can also call Angie Haws at 208-652-7002 or a friendly Member Service representative at 800-632-5726 for more information.

Lineman College Scholarship

Fall River Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce a NEW $2,400 yearly scholarship offered to members or children of members interested in a utility career as a lineman. This scholarship will be awarded to ONE person who plans to enroll in a lineman college.

The applicant or their parents or guardians must be members of Fall River Electric to qualify.

 Spencer Thompson of Victor ID was the most recent owner-member to receive our lineman’s scholarship.

Applications for the 2021 Lineman College Scholarship are now being accepted. 

Use this application form to apply Scholarship Lineman Application Form-2021

Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association (MECA) Scholarship

As a member of the Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association (MECA), Fall River Electric’s members are eligible to apply for a MECA higher education scholarship for deserving students attending college in the fall of 2021.

To apply for this $500 scholarship, applicants, parents, or guardians must be an owner-member of Fall River Electric. You do NOT have to reside in Montana to qualify.

Judging criteria will be weighted as follows:
20% – Academic Strength (as demonstrated by rigor of coursework, GPA and national testing scores)
20% – Activities in school & community (awards & honors)
20% – Employment, volunteerism, and community service
40% – Personal statement



Attach a copy of your school transcripts

ACT/SAT scores

Attach a copy of your scores

Activities in School & Community

List awards and/or honors received in a résumé’ format and include descriptions of any extracurricular activities and volunteer service

High School and/or College employment

List employer, position, hours worked weekly pertaining to school year and/or summer employment

Personal Statement

Write about how your school/community/work activities will influence your goals and career choice. This statement should be no more than two, double-spaced typed pages.

One letter of recommendation

Application deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.
Use this applications form to apply MECA Application 2021

2020 Scholarships Awarded

Fall River Electric announced the winners of scholarships to 30 deserving students during the Cooperative’s annual meeting held virtually on June 13, 2020. These scholarships are valued collectively at $73,000.



Dakotah Dexter – Madison Marsden – Ellise Miller – Paul Morrison – Cole Searle & Hayden Simpson


Verenice Bocardo – Annalea Brown – James Fullmer – Mariana Hernandez – Jarom Jenkins – Cexton Maw – Adele Moulton – Sara Olerud – Amy Perez – Carson Reiley – Macey Roberts – Hunter Wade & Amelia Wilson


Marissa Bischoff


John Lewis – Kilee Stocking & Jared Williams


Tristan Burden – Sam Coffin – Julia Everest – Mac Hauck & Kyle Watt

If you have a student graduating high school in the spring of 2021, the deadline for scholarship applications is March 26, 2021.