Educational Scholarship

About the 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. 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.



The program was available January 1 – Friday, February 24, 2023. All application documents and reference forms must be submitted by February 24, 2023. There will be no exceptions to any material received after this date


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. Applicants from previous years, especially those who were not selected, should consider reapplying.


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

  • Completed application
  • One-page essay
    • Be sure to include some of the significant events of your life and describe your educational goals.
  • 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. 
  • High school transcript
  • Post-secondary transcript (if available)
Ready to Apply?


Visit our online scholarship portal to complete your application, including the essay and reference forms. Applicants will need to create an account as they begin the application process. Applicants will also be asked to list three references with their email addresses. The references will receive an automatic email with a link to complete the reference form, which will attach to your application after they submit the reference form.

As another way of submitting reference forms, submissions are also accepted by filling out an online reference form or by downloading a PDF of the reference form. Click here to access the reference forms.