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Scholarship Programs


Jackson Energy offers a $4,200 scholarship to the Somerset Community College Lineman Training Center in Somerset.

The cooperative will conduct interviews with scholarship applicants to select a winner. The 2019 contest has ended. Look for information on the 2020 Lineman Scholarship in the Spring of 2020.




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

Essays for the 2020 Scholarship Essay Contest will be accepted from September 1, 2019 thru November 29, 2019. For information on the essay topic and how to submit, download the 2020 information sheet.



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. 

For Youth Tour requirements and a copy of the application form - click the link:   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 offers up to 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 28 years, WIRE has given more than $97,000 in Kentucky college scholarships. The deadline for the 2019 contest has passed.