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Apply for Scholarships Available Through BCEC

Co-op supports deserving local students

Academic scholarship

Two $4,000 scholarships (up to $2,000 per year or $1,000 per semester) will be awarded to graduating seniors whose parents or guardians are members of Big Country Electric Cooperative. Applications are due by 5 p.m. March 1, 2023.

Eligibility and awards criteria:

  • Scholarship funds must be applied beginning the first fall semester following graduation from high school.
  • Applicant must be a graduating senior in the current school year.
  • Applicant must reside with a parent or guardian who is a member of Big Country EC.
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • If a scholarship recipient withdraws from college, junior college, trade school or university and fails to reenroll at the same or another institution of higher learning, the recipient forfeits the remaining portion of the scholarship and will not be eligible to reapply for this scholarship if the student chooses to reenter the program at a later date.
  • BCEC will award this scholarship to an individual only once.
  • If awarded a scholarship, the applicant acknowledges that proof of college entrance is required to claim scholarship funds. Checks will be mailed directly to the institution at which the awarded is enrolled and applied to the student’s account.
  • Applications will be evaluated by an outside committee, not BCEC employees.

Selection criteria include evaluation of:

  • The scholarship application’s completion.
  • Letters of reference.
  • Transcripts.
  • The applicant’s need for financial assistance.
  • The applicant’s college and career goals.


Additional Scholarships 

Big Country EC and affiliated organizations award thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to deserving local students. In addition to the academic scholarships available directly from Big Country EC, BCEC members and their spouses and dependents may be eligible for scholarships from the Texas Rural Electric Women’s Association and Golden Spread Electric Cooperative.

Texas Rural Electric Women’s Association Scholarship

Twenty TREWA scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to TREWA members and their children. If you are not currently a TREWA member, you can submit a membership application, membership fee and scholarship application at once. The applicant or applicant’s parent or guardian must be a current member or an employee of a Texas electric cooperative such as Big Country EC. Individuals returning to school or beginning college as adults are eligible to apply, too—the scholarship isn’t limited to graduating seniors. Apply by March 15, 2023.

Directors Memorial Scholarship, Golden Spread Electric Cooperative

$2,000 scholarships will be awarded to selected recipients who are first-year college or university students and a member or spouse or child of a member of Big Country EC. Apply by March 1, 2023. Complete scholarship information is posted on the Big Country EC website, Click on Service Beyond Electricity, then Scholarships. If you have any questions, contact Sarah McLen at (325) 776-3803 or [email protected].