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Posted on: January 17, 2022

Scholarship Opportunities for High School Seniors

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Students served by Sioux Center Municipal Utilities who are planning to pursue post-high school studies have several opportunities to apply for $1,000 scholarships.

For students pursuing a 2-4 year undergraduate degree

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities’ energy partner Missouri River Energy Services is offering a renewable $1,000 scholarship opportunity for students who live or attend school in Sioux Center Municipal Utilities’ service area, or in an area served by one of the other 61 member utilities of MRES. 

This opportunity is for up to five $1,000 scholarships for 2- or 4-year undergraduate studies at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school no later than the fall of 2022. Students planning to pursue studies in engineering, electrician, electrical technician, power plant operator, energy management, business management, accounting and other fields related to the energy industry will be given preference for these scholarships. These awards may be renewed for up to three additional years. 

Applications are available from local high school guidance counselors or at www.mrenergy.com/services/scholarships. Applications must be completed online before 3 p.m. on March 15.

For students pursuing a 2-4 year undergraduate degree in Iowa

A $1,000 scholarship opportunity is available from the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities (IAMU), through its Education and Research Fund. Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is a member of IAMU. Candidates must be 2022 graduating high school seniors or have previously graduated from high school, and they must be attending a post-high school education program in Iowa in the fall of 2022.

Preference will be given to applicants entering a utility-related career with a special preference to applicants entering utility-related trades programs leading to careers in difficult to fill utility careers. Some examples include electric line worker, water treatment or distribution operator, or operator qualified natural gas positions.

 To be eligible for consideration, candidates must live in a residence served by Sioux Center Municipal Utilities or another member of the IAMU or attend Sioux Center Community School or another high school that is also a customer of an IAMU member. If you are unsure whether your area is an IAMU member, contact the Sioux Center City Office at (712) 722-0761.

To apply, candidates must fill out and submit the scholarship application. Applications are due February 15 to scholarship@iamu.org. Scholarship applications are available through school guidance counselor offices and online here.

A minimum of four scholarships will be awarded. IAMU will announce the award recipients by May 1. Each $1,000 scholarship will be distributed to the educational institution. 

 For students pursuing powerline/lineworker studies

Seven $1,000 1-year scholarships for powerline/lineworker studies at an eligible technical college in the upper Midwest are available to students who live or attend school in Sioux Center Municipal Utilities’ service area, or in an area served by one of the other 61 member utilities of Missouri River Energy Services.

Applications are available from local high school guidance counselors or at www.mrenergy.com/services/scholarships. Applications must be completed online before 3 p.m. on March 15.

“Scholarships like these are one way we as municipal utilities are able to re-invest in our community,” said Sioux Center Utilities Manager Murray Hulstein. “We encourage seniors to apply for these scholarships to help them take the next steps in their education.”

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