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Missouri River Energy Services Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) has established a scholarship program to assist high school seniors residing in one of their municipal utility service areas and who are applying or already enrolled at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. MRES also offers scholarships to students who attend pre-selected technical colleges and major in a Powerline/Lineworker program.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team. Awards for this scholarship are granted to eligible recipients without regard to creed, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.

Applicants to the MRES Scholarship Program must meet all criteria in one of two areas:

  • Applicants must be high school seniors who reside in a household receiving electric service from an MRES member utility. Residence eligibility may be verified by calling the city utility office. Eligible high schools are designated by MRES.
  • Plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school no later than the fall of 2022.


  • Applicants must be enrolled at or applying to one of the following technical colleges:
    • Bismarck State College – Bismarck, ND
    • Dakota County Technical College – Rosemount, MN
    • Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Granite Falls, MN
    • Minnesota West Community and Technical College – Jackson, MN
    • Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Wadena, MN
    • Mitchell Technical Institute – Mitchell, SD
    • Northwest Iowa Community and Technical College – Sheldon, IA
  • Applicants must be majoring in a full-time Powerline/Lineworker program no later than the fall of 2022. Applicants do not need to reside in the MRES service area.


Up to twelve (12) $1,000 awards may be granted.

Up to five (5) awards may be granted to high school students who reside in an MRES service area. These awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance in a full-time course of study and continuation of the program by MRES.

Up to seven (7) awards may be granted to technical bound students enrolled in a Powerline/Lineworker Program at the technical schools listed on the Eligibility tab. These awards are one-time only and not renewable. Students may not reapply.

Awards are for undergraduate study only. Awards are to be used for education expenses which include tuition, books, tools, and supplies.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of goals and aspirations, a brief statement about the benefits of their locally owned municipal electric utility, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an online recommendation.

Financial need is not considered.

MRES expects the renewable scholarships will be presented to students pursuing courses of study for careers as an electrical technician (e.g., lineworker, field service technician, wind turbine maintenance, power plant maintenance, etc.), electrical engineer and other engineer disciplines, mathematics, science, and energy management profession or in a closely related field.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of MRES play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


All applicants will be notified in May.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Missouri River Energy Services. Payment is made in one installment in August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 18, 2022 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

Missouri River Energy Services has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!