t’s time to nominate deserving students who will be
attending college in the fall of 2014 for Montana Electric
Cooperatives’ Association scholarships.
MECA will award one $500 scholarship in each of the
four districts (see below). Members of MECA’s Member
Services Committee will select the scholarship finalists. The
application and guidelines are posted on the MECA website,
In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants, parents or
guardians must be a member of an electric cooperative, and
the cooperative must be a member of MECA. All applica-
tions must be returned to the local electric cooperative in the
applicants’ community, and not the statewide office.
Judging criteria will be weighed as follows: 20 percent
academic strength (as demonstrated by rigors or coursework,
GPA, and national testing scores), 20 percent activities in
school and community, awards and honors; 20 percent
employment, volunteerism and community service; and 40
percent personal statement.
Applicants must return their application form, transcripts
and letters of reference to their local cooperative by Jan. 31.
After the cooperative reviews the applications and selects
a finalist, the MECA selection committee will determine the
The districts are:
Flathead Electric Cooperative
Glacier Electric Cooperative
Hill County Electric Cooperative
Lincoln Electric Cooperative
Marias River Electric Cooperative
Northern Lights, Inc.
Sun River Electric Cooperative
Big Flat Electric Cooperative
Lower Yellowstone REA
McCone Electric Cooperative
NorVal Electric Cooperative
Sheridan Electric Cooperative
Beartooth Electric Cooperative
Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative
Fergus Electric Cooperative
Missoula Electric Cooperative
Park Electric Cooperative
Ravalli County Electric Cooperative
Vigilante Electric Cooperative
Goldenwest Electric Cooperative
Mid-Yellowstone Electric Cooperative
Southeast Electric Cooperative
Tongue River Electric Cooperative
Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative
Beverly McGowan of Alberton offers us this
unique perspective of the fall colors in the Seeley Swan
Valley. The white bark of the towering birch trees,
along with the bright leaves, and blue and white sky,
make for a colorful photo with interesting lines.
Wilma J. Carter of Kalispell took this photo
looking down two lines of a cherry orchard on the east-
ern shore of Flathead Lake in late fall last year. While
it makes for a beautiful sight, it’s not a place we would
want to have to rake.