MEA Scholarships

This Year: 2015 applications are available online or in MEA offices and school counselor offices. Completed scholarship applications and letters of references must be postmarked by March 20, 2015 to be considered. The committee will interview finalists in April and the winners will be announced at MEA’s Annual Membership Meeting on April 28, 2015.

In 2014 approximately $20,000 in scholarships were awarded by Matanuska Electric Association.

In 1990, MEA’s Board of Directors created the Scholarship Foundation and with the annual earnings from this fund, provide scholarships to MEA members and their dependents, graduating high school students, and college students. A scholarship committee made up of MEA members from various professions and communities review and select scholarship recipients based on their applications. Special scholarships are set aside for a vocational student, a nontraditional student (such as a homemaker returning to school to resume an education) and the “Duste Bonin Scholarship”, for a student who has excelled in public service.

Scholarship applicants are asked to complete a financial plan and a short essay known as a “personal data narrative”. This allows them to outline their career goals, estimated income and college expenses, and explain to the committee why they believe they should receive a scholarship. “The narrative is an extremely important component of the application,” said Committee Chair Maryann Lisenby, a retired teacher. “It gives the committee members a sense of who the student is and how likely he or she is to make good use of a MEA scholarship.”

The applicants or their parents/legal guardians must be active MEA members.

For additional information on the scholarships, please call Pattie Worrell at MEA at 761-9216 or 689-9216, or send an e-mail to you’re interested in serving on the Scholarship Committee, please contact Julie Estey at 761-9215 or 689-9215, or send an email to

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Alaska Power Association Hank Nikkels Scholarship for Engineers

Alaska Power Association (APA) is offering $1,000 scholarship opportunities and textbook stipends of up to $500 for Alaska residents attending college in Alaska who are studying engineering. APA is the statewide trade association for the electric utilities that supply power to more than a half-million Alaskans in communities from Barrow to Adak, through the Interior and Southcentral, and down the Inside Passage.

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