Polk-Burnett scholarship applications available


Applications are now available for the Polk-Burnett Community Service Scholarships.

Up to 20 award recipients from the class of 2009 will be selected to receive a $750 scholarship to continue their education. In addition, all scholarship recipients will be invited to participate in an essay contest to win a trip to join student leaders for the NRECA Youth Tour of Washington, D.C. in June 2009.

Scholarship applicants must be 1) graduating from high school in 2009; 2) enrolling in post-secondary education; and 3) the son, daughter or legal dependent of a Polk-Burnett member (those who purchase electricity from Polk-Burnett).

"Since 1987, Polk-Burnett has awarded more than $350,000 to high school seniors who have made a difference in the lives of others," said Joan O'Fallon, communications director. "This scholarship is unique because it focuses on community service, rather than academic grades, athletic performance or financial need; it's our opportunity to recognize the sons and daughters of electric cooperative members."

Polk-Burnett scholarships are funded by unclaimed capital credits and do not affect electricity rates.

Applications are available from local high school guidance counselors, at Polk-Burnett offices in Siren and Centuria and online at polkburnett.com. The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.

For more information, call 800-421-0283.