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Scholarship Programs


Jackson Energy offers a $3,850 scholarship to the Somerset Community College Lineman Training Center in Somerset.

The cooperative will conduct interviews with scholarship applicants to select a winner. The deadline for the 2017 scholarship is May 26.

Click here to download an application:   Lineman Scholarship Application



Jackson Energy sponsors an essay scholarship program each year that awards eight $2,000 scholarships to outstanding students in our service area.

The essay topic is "Why I have chosen to continue my education and what I plan to do afterwards" and the essay contest is open to high school seniors whose families are members of Jackson Energy Cooperative.

Applications for the 2018 contest are accepted beginning September 1, 2017, and essays should be postmarked by November 25, 2017. The winning students each receive a $2,000 scholarship. Follow the instructions on the application to submit your essay.

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Click here to download application:  Essay Scholarship Application



Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!High school juniors are eligible to participate in the Youth Tour program. The deadline to apply for the Washington Youth Tour is March 3, 2017. Students applying for the Youth Tour program need to submit an essay on the topic of "The differences between an electric cooperative and an investor owned utility (IOU) and how it affects electric customers, including your family."

For Youth Tour requirements and essay instructions - click the document for more information:   Youth Tour Requirements


KAEC WIRE Scholarship

Since 1989, the Kentucky Chapter of Women in Rural Electrification (WIRE) has offered college scholarships to Kentucky college students to help them finish their degree. WIRE is now taking 2016 applications for three $1,000 scholarships.


WIRE scholarships are open to any eligible student whose family is served by a Kentucky electric cooperative and has at least 60 hours of credit at a Kentucky college or university by the start of the fall term. (Electric cooperative employees, directors, managers, and their relatives, and those of Big Rivers Electric Corporation, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, and the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, are not eligible.)

WIRE is an organization of women associated with Kentucky electric cooperatives. Members are wives of cooperative managers, board members, employees, employees themselves, and other women associated with electric co-ops in Kentucky. A yearly fundraising event is held in November with all proceeds going to the WIRE college scholarship program. Over the past 27 years, WIRE has given more than $94,000 in Kentucky college scholarships.

The deadline for submitting a WIRE college scholarship application is June 9, 2017. DOWNLOAD THE 2017 WIRE APPLICATION.

Please return applications to Mary Beth Dennis, KAEC, P.O. Box 32170, Louisville, KY 40232.