Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative is proud to offer students in its service territory opportunities to advance their education. Whether offered through our own Cooperative, our regional association PREA (Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association), or our national association NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association), our members can find several opportunities to discover and apply to scholarships here. Facilitating local students' advancement toward higher education is an important part of our commitment to the community.
Not every CEO went to college and no degree guarantees a big bank account. College isn't for everyone, so SREC offers a scholarship just for high school seniors planning to pursue a certification program or trade school. The Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative Trade School/Certification Scholarship puts a distinct focus on encouraging young people in our community who do not plan to go to a traditional 4-year university to pursue an education in the trades to lead to a fruitful, fulfilling career.
Two scholarships below are specifically for students who are alumni of the Youth Tour program which Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative takes part in every year, bringing local high school juniors on an all-expense paid educational trip to Washington, D.C. When these students move on to college, they have the opportunity to apply to these scholarships below. These scholarships are available for students to apply to and potentially receive for multiple years of college.
William F. Matson Scholarship
The PREA Scholarship Trust Fund in Memory of William F. Matson offers scholarships to sons and daughters of Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative members and employees as part of our membership in the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association. A minimum of five $1,000 scholarships are available each year. Applicants must currently be high school seniors and be able to furnish necessary aptitude test scores and financial need information.
You can find the application for this scholarship here. Applications must be sent to the noted address by May 7, 2021.
James Howard Goodwin Scholarship
The SREC Scholarship in Memory of James Howard Goodwin offers a $1,000 scholarship to sons and daughters of members living in our service territory one as part of your membership in the Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative. Applicants must currently be high school seniors and able to furnish necessary essay, transcripts, aptitude test scores, recommendations, and other required information.
You can find the application here. Applications for this scholarship must be received by Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative by April 5, 2021. Scholarship awards will be announced in June.
Sussex Rural Electric Trade School/Certification Scholarship
For students interested in pursuing a trade school education over college, SREC offers two $1,000 scholarships. Applicants must be high school seniors seeking a trade certification following high school graduation. At least one teacher or counselor recommendation must be included with an application.
You can find the application here. Applications for this scholarship must be received by Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative by March 22, 2021. Scholarship awards will be announced in June.
Jody Loudenslager Scholarship
The scholarship presented in the memory of Jody Loudenslager is reserved for participants in the Youth Tour program. Each year two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to PA/NJ Youth Tour alumni. Former PA/NJ Youth Tour participants can apply for any year in undergraduate and graduate school. The scholarship is available to any college-bound or college student who participated in the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association (PREA) PA/NJ Youth Tour. Applicants must furnish necessary aptitude test scores and financial need information.
This scholarship is available to Youth Tour alumni for all four years of college and can be awarded multiple years, so take advantage of the opportunity. You can find the application here. Applications must be sent to the noted address by May 7, 2021.
The Glenn English National Leadership Foundation Scholarship
Also known as the "Youth Tour Alumni Scholarship," this scholarship is awarded in one $10,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships annually. To be eligible, applicants must be a Youth Tour alumni who has already received academic credits equivalent to their first year of college. This scholarship can be awarded multiple years, so take advantage of the opportunity.
Information on application due dates will be available soon. Recipients of this scholarship will be announced in June.