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Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative will award $1,500 scholarships to students in the Class of 2024. Up to 90 scholarships will be awarded, for a total of $135,000. Scholarship candidates are also invited to apply for the 2024 Co-op Youth Tour of Washington, D.C. Two delegates will be selected to represent Polk-Burnett; each Youth Tour award is valued at $2,500.

Polk-Burnett’s scholarship program is based on community service, not academic grades, athletic performance or financial need.

Candidates are required to submit a community service resume. In addition, candidates must be 1) the child or legal dependent of a Polk-Burnett Electric Cooperative member, 2) graduating from high school in 2024 and 3) continuing education at an accredited technical school, college or university after high school.

“Giving back to our community and youth is part of our mission as a cooperative,” said Polk-Burnett General Manager Steve Stroshane.

Since 1987, Polk-Burnett has awarded more than $1 million to the children of co-op members.

Polk-Burnett’s scholarship program does not affect electric rates; it is funded with unclaimed Capital Credits that otherwise would be forfeited to the state, and by the generosity of co-op members who donate Capital Credits to the scholarship fund. If you would like to donate your Capital Credits to the co-op’s scholarship fund, please call or visit our website for an enrollment form.

Scholarship applications are accepted on the co-op’s website, The application deadline is January 1, 2024. For more information, contact 800-421-0283, ext. 333.

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