MEA Scholarships

The 2016 application period is now closed. The 2017 application process will open next January.

This year, awards were distributed to the following students:

  • (1) – $7,500, Nathaniel Savel
  • (1) – $5,000, Garret Rutherford
  • (1) – $2,500, Tiffany Gerwig

In 1990, MEA’s Board of Directors created the Scholarship Foundation. 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. Scholarship applicants are asked to complete a financial plan and a short essay regarding the importance of member-owned cooperatives to both the student and the community.

One of the scholarship awards this year will be given to a student pursuing education in a vocational school.

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

For additional information on the scholarships, please e-mail If you’re interested in serving on the Scholarship Committee, please contact Sabrena Combs at 761-9284 or

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Alaska Power Association Hank Nikkels Scholarship for Engineers

Alaska Power Association (APA) offers scholarship opportunities and textbook stipends 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.