For 30 years, Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative has been awarding educational scholarships. Through the years hundreds of students from cooperative member families have been honored with scholarships. These scholarships have traditionally been awarded in amounts of $250 to $1000 each.
Scholarships are awarded in all fields of post-secondary education from vocational to graduate studies. They are available to adults and dependent children of all ACEC member families and are awarded on the basis of need and excellence in academics, social and community service activities.
This program adds no cost to the members’ electric bill. It is funded entirely from unclaimed patronage capital checks that are issued by the cooperative.
Adams-Columbia members (of all ages) that are enrolled in adult education programs are encouraged to apply. Also, applicants from previous years, especially those who were not selected, should consider reapplying.
In 1956, Jon Steinhaus began his career with the former Adams-Marquette Electric Cooperative as an apprentice lineman. He progressed through the ranks and was named General Manager in 1976. Mr. Steinhaus retired in 1996 after 40 years of dedicated cooperative service.
The purpose of the Jon Steinhaus Line Worker Scholarship Program is to encourage men and women to pursue an electric line worker career. Scholarships are awarded annually in the amount of $1,500. The program is available March 1 – the second Friday in April each year.
Scholarship eligibility includes anyone who is a high school senior (or older). Successful applicants must be enrolled in an Electrical Power Distribution (EPD) program at a certified EPD school in the United States. Although not a requirement, preference is given to members of Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative.
The announcement of the annual scholarship program is made on this website, through area high school guidance counselors, and Wisconsin Technical Colleges offering line technician training programs.