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What is the Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship Program?

The Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin) scholarship program is designed to encourage and recognize the achievements of the children of full-time employees of Basin and its subsidiaries, and the children of member-cooperative employees and consumers. This recognition will be in the form of scholarships to assist with their college education.

How much is the scholarship?

The Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC) and Member Cooperative Program will award 20 Scholarships to children of member-cooperatives' employees, and 137 scholarships to children of member-cooperative consumers. There will be one $1,000 scholarship for  each member cooperative to award to a dependent of a consumer member

The scholarships must be used for educational costs, and the student must enter college in the fall of the school year for which the scholarship is given. Checks will be made payable to the school, and will be distributed to the school by BEPC. Scholarships will be distributed in August.

Who is eligible to receive the scholarship?

Applicants to the scholarship program must be –

  • Dependent children of member-system consumers and dependent children of member-cooperative employees (including addopted and step children).
  • Be age 25 and under and a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a student who is enrolled or 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.

Basin scholarships will be awarded without regard to other awards, loans or financial assistance the applicant may have obtained.

How are the recipients selected?

Awards are based on 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 a written recommendation by a third party.

Applicants for the member-cooperative employee dependent category will first be screened by their cooperative. Member cooperatives will be responsible to select one recipient to be awarded a scholarship in the member-cooperative consumer category. The final recipient's completed application will then be forwarded to Basin by the member cooperative.

Member-cooperatives must have their finalist in the employee-dependent category and their winner's application to Basin by March 1st of each year. Therefore the deadline for all scholarships will be two weeks prior to that date. A Basin selection committee will screen applications from the Basin and the subsidiary-employee group, and will make the final selection in the member-cooperative employee-dependent category. That selection committee will name the final scholarship winners and will assume responsibility to distribute the awards.

Upon notification of their selection, the scholarship award winners, or the member co-ops, are asked to notify the Basin human resources division with the name and address of the school the student will be attending. It is also important to know if the student has switched schools, or has decided not to attend.

What are the recipient's obligations?

Except for the requirements outlined in this brochure, no obligations will be imposed upon the student as a scholarship award winner. Other than payment of the scholarship, no obligations or liability are assumed by Basin, its subsidiaries or member-cooperatives.

How can I apply?

Click here to download the current application for the 2018 scholarship. The application should be filled out and returned to Capital Electric's headquarters at 4111 State St. in Bismarck, along with the required essay, by Friday, February 16, 2018.

You can download a brochure explaining the scholarship program here.




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