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  • Lineman scholarship

               During the October 28 board meeting, Fergus Electric Co-op’s Board of Directors approved offering a $6,000 scholarship for a student entering an accredited line technician school hoping that, after certification, the student will have an opportunity to find work in Montana. 

               Scholarship money is made available to the co-op through unclaimed capital credits.  Any year that the co-op issues a general retirement of capital credits, there are many checks returned to the co-op by the post office because the address we have on file for the inactive member is no longer valid.  The co-op attempts to locate the former members, but if we are unsuccessful, the money is placed into a fund where, if unclaimed for five years, it becomes eligible for the co-op to use for educational purposes, such as for scholarships.   

              This scholarship was established in appreciation for the work our line personnel do every day.  Electrical linemen work as a team, building and maintaining electrical power systems.  We are looking forward to awarding a scholarship to a student who has chosen a career as an electrical lineman.  By assisting a future electrical lineman to fulfill their ambition to have a career in the electric utility industry, we help assure that the electric cooperatives, which we hold in the highest regard, will continue to have a solid, capable work force going forward. 

              Do not let the title lineman dissuade you.  Lineman is an electric utility term.  Although female linemen are not as common as male, women hold about two percent of distribution and transmission lineman positions.  Power line work is challenging, but rewarding work.  It’s high risk and you can expect to be outdoors in all types of weather imaginable to repair, replace, and restore power.  Linemen take pride in their work, and the co-op is certainly proud of its linemen.  

               If you know of a student or individual who is interested in a career as an electrical lineman, please tell them about the co-op’s lineman scholarship.  The scholarship applications and additional information are available at the co-op, http://ferguselectric.coopwebbuilder2.com/sites/ferguselectric/files/PDF/Website%20lineman%20scholarship%20info.pdf and via a link on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ferguselectric/.  We are asking for completed applications to be returned to Fergus Electric Co-op by March 15, 2017 and we will notify the successful applicant by April 15, 2017.  Best of luck to all scholarship applicants!

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  • Fergus Electric Cooperative's annual meeting will be held on Thursday June 8, 2017 in the Trade Center at the Fairgrounds in Lewistown.

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