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Federated will again offer Basin, L&O Scholarships

This is the 17th year that Federated Rural Electric, Jackson, will award two $1,000 Basin and L&O scholarships to two local Federated members’ sons or daughters.

“This scholarship comes from Basin Electric Power Cooperative based in Bismarck, North Dakota, which became a wholesale power supplier for Federated in 2008 and L&O Power Cooperative in Rock Rapids, Iowa,” stated Scott Reimer, Federated’s general manager. “Basin awards 137 of these scholarships to local electric cooperatives. Federated is excited to distribute the scholarship materials and select local students to receive the two $1,000 scholarships.”

The scholarships are available to high school seniors and college students who will be enrolled fulltime in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school working on an undergraduate degree. Previous Federated-Basin scholarship winners are not eligible to apply again. Applicants must be 25 and under and a U.S. citizen.

Applicants must complete a two-page application, including a grades’ transcript, ACT/SAT scores (optional), write an essay and have an outside appraisal (reference checklist). The one-page essay should address: What challenges face rural electric cooperatives in the coming years and how do you think challenges should be addressed?

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Jan. 26, 2024. Applications are available from Federated’s website (, at Federated’s office (507-847-3520 or or from local high school counselors.

The scholarship must be used for college during fall 2024. Checks will be made payable to the school as paid by Basin/L&O. Scholarships will be distributed in August.

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