Pontotoc Electric Power Association Scholarships
The Pontotoc Electric Power Association is dedicated to investing in the future of our young people. A college scholarship can be a way of sustaining our commitment and making a specific investment for our community. This scholarship program will be a tremendous value to students who want to further their education after high school. As part of our commitment to community education, the Pontotoc Electric Power Association is proud to offer a college scholarship program available to local graduating high school seniors.
Scope of Scholarship Program
The scholarship program is designed to financially assist a deserving student in the electric cooperative family. Criteria are based on academic achievement, leadership, and extracurricular/community involvement. The scholarship must be used for educational costs, and the student must enter college in the fall of the school year of which the scholarship is given. Checks will be made payable to the student. The scholarship will be paid in August.
Scholarship applications must be received in the PEPA office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2023.
Number of Scholarships
Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to local high school seniors in the month of April 2023. At least one scholarship will be awarded to a student attending Bruce, Ingomar, North Pontotoc, Pontotoc City, and South Pontotoc high schools, which are located in Pontotoc Electric’s service area. Home school graduates who meet the eligibility criteria will be awarded at least one scholarship. Of the remaining scholarships, one will be awarded to the dependent child (who meets eligibility criteria) of a Pontotoc Electric employee. In the event no PEPA children are eligible, this scholarship will be awarded with the remaining scholarships regardless of the school the student attends from the list of schools above.
Students must live within the PEPA service area, and their parents or guardians must be members of Pontotoc Electric Power Association and receiving service in order to apply for a scholarship. Students must attend an accredited college to receive a scholarship, and applicants must also be citizens of the United States.
The applicant must also be planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited, two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to other awards, loans, or financial assistance the applicant may have obtained.
Awards are based on academic excellence which includes the following criteria; SAT/ACT scores, grade point average, work experience, participation in school and community activities, a statement by the student explaining his/her educational and career goals, and knowledge of electric cooperatives as demonstrated by an essay not to exceed one page on the topic of “How a Cooperative Can Build a Culture to Best Serve Its Members.” In addition, the applicant must include two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a reference not employed by the applicant’s school district.
Scholarship selection will be done by qualified third party individuals who are not members or affiliated with Pontotoc Electric Power Association. All scholarship entries are confidential and will only be viewed by representatives of the Pontotoc Electric Power Association and the selection committee.