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'Power Your Future' partnership provides scholarships to residents served by rural electric cooperatives

WGU Missouri Chancellor Dr. Angie Besendorfer and AMEC CEO Caleb Jones display a scholarship check after launching the “Power Your Future” partnership during a meeting with members of Missouri's Rural Electric Cooperative.
For The Courier-Post
Posted: Oct. 29, 2019 4:30 pm

NEW LONDON, Mo. — Residents served by Ralls County Electric Cooperative are eligible for scholarships to WGU Missouri thanks to a partnership between the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives and the online, nonprofit university.

The “Power Your Future” scholarships are being offered to celebrate the expansion of high-speed internet in rural communities across Missouri. Roughly $100,000 in scholarships will be available for new students who are interested in furthering their education and live in a household served by Ralls County Electric Cooperative (or one of the 40 other electric co-ops in Missouri).

Reliable internet access has been identified as a major need for rural communities in Missouri and beyond, and thanks to Missouri's rural electric cooperatives, internet access will soon be expanded to more than 25,000 Missourians thanks to state legislation passed in 2018. The WGU Missouri “Power Your Future” scholarship celebrates this access by rewarding Missourians who want to complete their college education through an online university but were previously unable to because they lacked access to reliable internet service.

The “Power Your Future” scholarship is open to new students in rural areas of the state who are customers of, or live in a household served by, one of the more than 40 rural electric co-ops that power rural Missouri. Each scholarship is valued at up to $3,000 and will be applied at a rate of $750 per six-month term. To be eligible, scholarship applicants must be officially admitted to WGU Missouri, complete the scholarship application and be interviewed by a WGU scholarship counselor. Recipients will be selected based on academic records, financial need, readiness for online study and current competency, among other considerations. The scholarship is open through Dec. 31.