Buckeye Rural Electric is proud to present the following scholarship to its members. Please look over the materials to determine eligibility, and submit the application following the instructions provided.  Thank you all, and good luck!

All applicants must be a high school senior who resides with parents or legal guardians who are members of the cooperative.  Other minimum requirements must be met.  Read the rules carefully.

2019 Children of Members Scholarship

Buckeye Rural Electric is proud to present the following Children of Members Scholarships:

• First-place Buckeye REC award: $1,500

• Second-place Buckeye REC award: $1,200

• Third-place Buckeye REC award: $800

BREC’s first-place winner will compete for the Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives (OEC) scholarships in Columbus. Students must apply for the local BREC scholarships to qualify for the statewide competition. The potential total scholarship award for first place ($1,500) at Buckeye REC and first place ($3,650) at OEC is $5,150!

At the state level, the 24 awards range from $1,250 to $3,650. An in-person interview is required for finalists. Applicants must be high school seniors who reside with their parents or legal guardians who are members of the cooperative. Other minimum requirements must be met. Applications and rules are found at Your school guidance counselors may also be able to assist you. The first two pages of each application can be filled in online before printing.

DEADLINE: Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 9, 2019.

Scholarship finalist interviews will be held at our offices in Rio Grande on or around March 1, 2019. Applicants will receive additional information prior to that date. The candidates will be evaluated initially by their scholastic record and personal achievements/school and community activities. After finalists are selected, the judging process will include a personal interview and test students’ knowledge of cooperatives, based upon on the Online Orientation course located at

Mail or deliver the application to:

Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.
4848 SR 325, P. O. Box 200
Rio Grande, OH 45674-0200
Attn: Scholarship Coordinator

Children of Members Scholarship Rules & Application


Children of Members Scholarship 2019: Purpose and Rules

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  1. Open the application file using Adobe Reader, and save it.
  2. Complete the first two pages using Adobe Reader.
  3. Save the file again, then print all pages.

Take the application to a teacher and your guidance counselor to complete the faculty portion. It is preferred those sections are typewritten; however, they may be handwritten if necessary.


Scholarship Rules


In order to carry on an educational and training program that encourages Ohio’s rural youth to further their education and gives them an opportunity to become more aware of careers in the rural electric program, the following scholarship awards program is offered by Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (OEC).



The local cash scholarship awards are as follows:

First place $1,500
Second place $1,200
Third place $800

One finalist winner of this scholarship will advance to the statewide level and must be available to interview on April 11, 2019 in Columbus, OH. Statewide finalists will compete for additional scholarships that will be awarded at the statewide level.



The statewide cash scholarship awards are as follows:

Place Prize   Honorable Mention Prizes
First place  $ 3,650 11th  $ 1,250
Second place  $ 2,650 12th  $ 1,250
Third place  $ 2,150 13th  $ 1,250
Fourth place  $ 2,050 14th  $ 1,250
Fifth place  $ 1,950 15th  $ 1,250
Sixth place  $ 1,850 16th  $ 1,250
Seventh place  $ 1,750 17th  $ 1,250
Eighth place  $ 1,650 18th  $ 1,250
Ninth place  $ 1,550 19th  $ 1,250
Tenth place  $ 1,450 20th  $ 1,250
21st  $ 1,250
22nd  $ 1,250
23rd  $ 1,250
24th  $ 1,250


To be eligible for the OEC scholarships, the following provisions will govern the acceptance of applicants from the local cooperatives:

Applicants must be the child or legal ward of a permanent residential electric cooperative member receiving service for the duration of the 2018-2019 academic year (August 2018 – June 2019). Children/wards of electric distribution cooperative commercial members are not eligible unless their parents are also permanent residential electric cooperative members.

  1. Applicants must be graduating seniors who have all basic credits for college or proper vocational or technical school A “proper vocational or technical school” is defined as a post-secondary institution where credits can be transferred to a state accredited four-year college.
  2. Applicants in both divisions must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale or an equivalent standing on a nontraditional scale.

Winners must be accepted and then enrolled in an accredited college or proper vocational/technical school of students’ choice when they receive the award. Winners who are accepted and then enrolled in an accredited school of nursing, working toward a degree, are also eligible.

  1. Members of the immediate families and persons residing in the households of trustees, managers, distribution cooperative employees and OEC or affiliated organizations (Buckeye Power, , RESCO, etc.) employees are not eligible to participate in the competition.
  2. Applications must be submitted (typed to be accepted) on forms furnished by and submitted to Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. Cooperatives will choose one finalist to advance the state level. Applicants who have not submitted applications to their local cooperative by its deadline will not be eligible to compete at the state level.
  3. Application information must be confined to the official nomination form with only grade transcripts, teacher recommendations, and a recent photo attached. Teacher recommendations must be no longer than 500 words.

Applicants who receive “full-ride” scholarships (i.e., scholarships that cover the cost of tuition, room, board and books) to the schools of their choice are not eligible for scholarships from OEC. Applicants who win an OEC scholarship and subsequently receive a full-ride scholarship following the Children of Members scholarship competition, must contact OEC immediately to forfeit this scholarship.

  1. All scholarships must be accepted in the first academic year after proof of enrollment is received by OEC. However, an extension of one year may be granted for just cause in the judgment of the president of OEC. In the event students are unable to fulfill their enrollment obligation under this program, the awards are forfeited.
  2. Finalists are not permitted to bring any outside materials to their interviews (e.g., electronic presentations, props, handouts, ).
  3. These rules (dated hereon) supersede all previous rules for this


The judges, following personal interviews with each nominee, will score up to a maximum of 40 points for scholastic record, 30 points for personal achievement, school and community activities, 15 points for personal interview with the judges relating to poise, personality and appearance, and 15 points for cooperative knowledge.

Cooperative knowledge questions will be based on the Online Orientation course located at Students are recommended to complete this course prior to judging. The course takes approximately one hour to complete.


All co-op applications advanced to OEC must meet the OEC criteria.



Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.

4848 SR 325 S. P. O. Box 200

Rio Grande, OH 45674-0200

Attn: Scholarship Coordinator


Or, scan completed applications and attachments, and email them to:

[email protected]

If you are interested in this scholarship, please see the application below:

BREC Children of Members Application