The Foundation is formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes of awarding scholarships to deserving and qualified students in engineering, business, information systems, plant, line or distribution technology, line worker or other curriculum related to the electric energy industry.

Key Dates

The scholarship process typically begins each January with applications being mailed out and posted on the web site. Applications are due in March and scholarship recipients are notified in April.

  • March 07, 2014 - Applications Due
  • April 18, 2014 - Notify Applicants of Results

General Scholarship Information

Scholarships shall be awarded in three categories - "Baccalaureate," "Craft" and "Named"

  1. Baccalaureate - students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in fields such that when they graduate they could be employed by the electric utility industry.
  2. Craft - students pursuing a certificate or associate degree at an accredited college (community college, four-year college or four-year university) in fields including but not limited to: power plant technology, electric lineworker, powerline technology, electrical power technology, electrical lineworker technology, electrical distribution systems, utility line technician and traditional and alternative power generation technologies.
  3. Named - a third category may be available when funds are donated by an organization or individual or granted by a Foundation, specifically intended for a scholarship in their name. Any Named scholarships will be listed on the application the year the funds are available.

Scholarship Application Process

The scholarship process typically begins each January with applications being  posted on the RMEL Foundation web site. Applications are due in March and scholarship recipients are notified in April.

Each year, the Foundation Board of Directors determines the dollar amounts and number of scholarships being awarded. Historically scholarships have been awarded in amounts around $3,000. Review the application for specifics. The awards will be paid directly to the educational institution in which the student has enrolled to be used for tuition and/or other fees.
 
Scholarship Eligibility

The applicant must be a high school senior, high school graduate or college undergraduate. In addition, the applicant must fulfill ONE of the following:

  • Be pursuing or planning to pursue an electric industry position certificate or associate degree at a college (community college, four-year college or a four-year university).
  • Be pursuing or planning to pursue an undergraduate degree with intent to pursue a career in the electric energy industry.
  • Each applicant will be a U.S. citizen.or permanent resident
  • Students who have been selected to receive a scholarship in previous years are eligible to reapply.
  • Students who are currently working as a coop or intern will be eligible for consideration as a scholarship recipient. When attending school, all students must be taking the minimum number of semester hours that the institution requires for the student to be considered full-time.
  • Students who are receiving tuition reimbursement from their employers are not eligible for a scholarship.

How Recipients Are Chosen

A Selection Committee of the RMEL Foundation reviews all applications and selects all recipients. Applicants will be considered for all categories by filling out the application. The same criterion is used for both categories in the selection of recipients. The selection criteria are:

  • Goals and aspiration in the electric energy industry
  • Motivation to succeed
  • Service to community and school
  • Academic ability