IEC Memorial Scholarships

Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Fund

Shane Hermetz, Egyptian Electric Interim Manager, has announced that the Illinois electric cooperatives in 2018 will award nine academic scholarships to high school seniors through a memorial scholarship fund designed to financially assist deserving students in the “electric cooperative family.” In addition, a tenth scholarship – to assist with costs in attending an electric lineworker school – will also be offered.  The total of ten scholarships, $2,000 each, will be awarded in 2018 through the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Program.

What is the Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Fund?

The IEC Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) in January, 1994. It is designed to provide financial assistance to deserving students in the “electric cooperative family.”

The “driving force” behind creation of the fund was Thomas H. Moore, long-time Executive Vice President and General Manager of the AIEC. Mr. Moore, who retired in January, 1994, strongly believed that a fund and scholarship program should be established to provide a means by which cooperatives and individuals could honor deceased members of the electric cooperative family through memorial gifts. The scholarship program was re-named in honor of Mr. Moore after he passed away in 2008.

The scholarship program prospered under the leadership of Earl W. Struck, who succeeded Mr. Moore and served as President/CEO of the AIEC from 1994 to his retirement in 2006. Mr. Struck passed away in August 2007. The AIEC Board of Directors that month unanimously voted to honor Mr. Struck’s memory by naming the annual scholarship awarded to the son or daughter of an electric cooperative employee or director the “Earl W. Struck Memorial Scholarship.”

The Illinois Community College System Foundation (ICCSF) administers the IEC Memorial Scholarship Fund. Ten scholarships are awarded each year.

The “LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship” was awarded for the first time in 2011. LaVern McEntire served as a co-op lineman for over 42 years. He and his wife, Nola, endowed this new scholarship to assist students in attending the lineworker’s school at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL. For eligibility requirements, please see the official rules below.  Deadline for submission and completion of applications is December 31, 2017.

IEC Memorial Scholarship Official Rules

Below Q&A are in reference to the other nine IEC scholarships, with exception to the LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship.  All applications, except the LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship, is accepted ONLY through online submission.  See below to download the LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship application.

How much is the scholarship?

Each annual scholarship is now worth $2000. The scholarship must be used for educational costs, and the student must enter college within a year from the time the scholarship is issued.

Who is eligible to receive the scholarship?

Five scholarships will be awarded to students who are the sons or daughters of an electric cooperative member who resides in Illinois and is receiving service from the cooperative at the time the scholarship application is submitted.

A sixth scholarship – the Earl W. Struck Memorial Scholarship ­– will be awarded to a student who is the son or daughter of an electric cooperative employee or director who resides in Illinois.

A scholarship applicant is eligible for consideration in only one of the above two categories, and is eligible to apply through only one electric cooperative.

The applicant must be a high school senior who is planning to enroll in a full-time (at least 12 hours) undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school in the United States.

Three scholarships will be awarded to a high school senior who will be enrolling full-time at a two-year Illinois community college. Sons and daughters of electric cooperative members, employees and directors who reside in Illinois are eligible to apply.

For full eligibility requirements, please see the “Thomas H. Moore IEC Memorial Scholarship Program Official Rules” above

How are the recipients selected?

Scholarships are awarded based on grade point average, college entrance test scores, work and volunteer experience, participation in school and community activities, biographical statement and knowledge of electric cooperatives, as demonstrated by a short essay.

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LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship

Who is eligible to receive the scholarship?

One scholarship a year will be awarded to an individual who is related to a rural electric cooperative employee or director in the State of Illinois; or is the son or daughter of an electric cooperative member in Illinois; or is enrolled in the Lincoln Land lineworker’s school; or has served or is serving in the U.S. armed forces or National Guard. The applicant must have a high school diploma or a GED at the time the scholarship is awarded. (Please see the “LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship Official Rules & Regulations” sheet for all eligibility requirements.)
 
How are the recipients selected?
 
Scholarships are awarded based on an essay, a biographical statement, and references that will be submitted.  See below to download the application.
 
How can contributions to the IEC Memorial Scholarship Fund be made?
 
Checks should be mailed and made payable to:

IEC Memorial Scholarship Fund/ICCSF
ATTN: Lisa Brammer
P.O. Box 3787
Springfield, IL 62708

Memorial gifts should list the person in whose memory the gift is given. All contributions by individuals are tax-deductible.