Scholarship Program

Southwestern Accepting Scholarship Applications for 2019

Since 1995, Southwestern Electric Cooperative’s Power for Progress Scholarship Program has provided more than $245,000 in academic assistance to students pursuing a college degree or vocational school certificate. The tradition continues this year with Southwestern’s pledge to award $10,000 in scholarship money to 10 students in spring 2019.

Scholarship recipients can apply the funding to tuition at any accredited university, college or technical school in the U.S.

Three $1,000 scholarships will be given to students from each of the co-op’s three voting districts. District I includes Macoupin, Madison and St. Clair Counties; District II includes Bond, Clinton and Montgomery Counties; and District III includes Clay, Fayette, Effingham, Marion and Shelby Counties.

In addition to the nine district scholarships, Southwestern Electric will award one $1,000 scholarship in memory of Judy Siebert, a long-time cooperative director who died in 2001.

Scholarship applications may be downloaded from Southwestern Electric’s website at or picked up from the co-op’s office at 525 U.S. Route 40 in Greenville. You may also request an application by calling Debbie Whicker at (800) 637-8667.

Separate applications will be provided for high school seniors graduating in 2018 and students who graduated from high school in previous years.

The completed application and supplemental materials—including a cover letter, academic transcripts, attendance records, and financial information—must be delivered to Southwestern Electric’s headquarters (525 U.S. Route 40 in Greenville), in a single envelope, by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019.

Eligibility Requirements

1)     The applicant (or the applicant’s parent/legal guardian) must be an active member of Southwestern Electric Cooperative. Southwestern Electric board members, employees, and their immediate families, are not eligible.

2)     The applicant must meet all academic requirements for admission to an accredited university, college, or technical school, and be admitted to that institution as a full-time student in 2019.

3)     The entire application must be completed in full, and received with the appropriate supplementary materials, in advance of the application deadline, February 8, 2019.

For more information on the "Power for Progress" Scholarship Program, please contact Susan File. She may be reached at or (800) 637-8667, ext. 5924.