Thu. Feb 2nd, 2023

LOCAL FOUNDATION OPENING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS NOW

Although most scholarship timelines are geared towards high school seniors, early fall is important for anyone starting their scholarship journey. This includes nontraditional students, current college students, and graduate students. Everyone should be ready to meet deadlines starting in September of each year. Ideally you should begin preparing in the summer before you are ready to begin or continue your studies. If you need money to start, NOT to continue, you should start your search for funding in the fall of the year before you plan to begin. For example, if you are planning to begin studying in the fall of 2022, you should begin your search for college funding in the fall of 2021.

Among the many scholarships that will soon be announced for those wanting to continue their education, Farmers Electric Co-Op is opening their application process now. Farmers’ Electric Cooperative will be awarding scholarships again this year through the Farmers’ Electric Education Foundation. Scholarship applications may be obtained from area high school guidance counselors or from cooperative office locations in Clovis, Fort Sumner, or Santa Rosa. Scholarship applications can also be requested by calling the Clovis office at 762-4466 or 1-800-445-8541. All cooperative members and their dependents are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

The Farmers’ Electric Education Foundation was established by the members of the cooperative in 1986 and is funded through donated and unclaimed patronage capital refunds and donations by private individuals. Only the interest earned on donations is used for scholarships, ensuring that the Education Foundation will continue to support higher education for our members for many years to come. Through 2022, the foundation has awarded 1,447 scholarships totaling $1,096,730.

These $1,500 scholarships will be paid in-full upon Farmers’ Electric Cooperative receiving written proof of registration from the institution that you will be attending (schedule of classes, invoice, letter, etc.). FEC prefers awarding these scholarship funds in the early part of the student’s Fall semester.

This year there are two different scholarship forms. Be sure when requesting a form that you specify either the

“Graduating High School Student Application” or the

“Returning College Student – Non-Traditional Student Application”

Both forms are available from any FEC office.

Some of the eligibility requirements do include:

  • Available to active members receiving service from Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, Inc. of New Mexico and their immediate families.
  • Scholarships to be granted to attend an accredited vocational school, technical school, college or university, hereafter referred to as the “institution”.
  • Applicant must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale and be considered by the registrar to be a full-time student in good standing (minimum of 12 credit hours).
  • Applications must be received not later than February 3rd for a fall semester. Awards will be announced within sixty (60) days of this date.

To view the full list of requirements, visit https://www.fecnm.org/scholarships

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