Educational Scholarship

Since 1987, Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative (ACEC) 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. The program is available January 1 – Friday, February 26, 2021.  

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 currently receiving electric service from ACEC. Scholarships 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.


Jon Steinhaus LineWorker Scholarship

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 Lineworker Scholarship Program is to encourage men and women to pursue an electric lineworker career.  Scholarships are awarded annually in the amount of $1,500.


The program is available January 1 – Friday, Friday, February 26, 2021. Whether submitting the application forms online or via mail, all applications and reference forms must be submitted by February 26, 2021. There will be no exceptions to any material received after this date. 


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.


If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be asked to furnish a non-returnable photograph of yourself for publications. 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.


In order for our scholarship committee to consider your application, the following items must be submitted:

  • Completed application
  • Three reference forms
    • Reference forms may be given to a high school principal, teacher, county agent, youth agent, banker, employers, etc. At least one reference should be from an employer or community leader. Please inform the person completing your reference that it is very important for the mailing to be postmarked no later than the last Friday in February of the current year.
  • High School Transcript
  • Post-Secondary Transcript (if available)

Forms must be submitted emailed, or mailed to:
Adams-Columbia Electric Cooperative
Attn: Jon Steinhaus Scholarship
P.O. Box 70
Friendship, WI 53934-0070

2021 Scholarship Recipients