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 some of the 2018 students that received scholarships and were able to attend Fall River Electric’s 2018 annual meeting.
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 2019.
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
Applicants must return their application form, transcripts, and letters of reference to Fall River Electric Cooperative by January 25, 2019.
Use this applications form to apply MECA Scholarship Application – 2019
New 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.
Mitchell Hyde of Island Park ID was the most recent owner-member to receive our lineman’s scholarship.
Applications for the 2019 Lineman College Scholarship will be accepted beginning in January.
Use this application form to apply Lineman Scholarship Application Form-2018
2018 Scholarships Have Been Awarded!
Applications for 2019 will be accepted beginning in January. New application forms will be added to this page at a later date.
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 High School Grad Scholarship Application 2018 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 At-Large Scholarship Application 2018.
Scholarship recipients may renew their original scholarship for up to three years, but must submit an application each year. Click here for the form Continuing Education Scholarship Application 2018.
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 Helping Hand Scholarship Application 2018.
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 2018.
You can also call a friendly Member Services representative at 800-632-5726 for more information.
2018 Scholarships Awarded
Fall River Electric announced the winners of scholarships to 30 deserving students during the Cooperative’s annual meeting on June 16, 2018. These scholarships are valued collectively at $72,000.
CONGRATULATIONS OF THE CLASS OF 2018
Rigby High School – Jason Bloxham
Ririe High School – Mylee Mickelsen
Madison or Sugar-Salem High School, Madison County – Shaunae Green & Taylor Hill
South Fremont High School, St. Anthony – Payton Potter
North Fremont High School, Ashton – Kylie Anderson, Sawyer Dye, & Madelyn Miller
West Yellowstone H.S., West Yellowstone – Martin Grube, Easton Roos, & David Ross
Teton High School, Driggs or Jackson Hole High School, Jackson – Zurisadai Vasquez Bedolla, Lila Jolley, Jessica Flores Perez, Ruthanna Bagley, Jennifer Garcia Santiago, Madison Miller, Elise Reynaud, Baillie Hillman, Samantha Kay, Elizabeth Ripplinger, Coleby Hess, Olivia Wilson, & Antonina Profatilova
At-Large & Helping Hands – Angel Martinez, Lucas Cattabriga, Alissa Hawks, Cade Lewis, Angel Martinez & Molly Stein
Lineman College – Mitchell Hyde