Emerald People’s Utility District is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. “Emerald PUD was started by this community and it is important to us that we give back. Providing opportunities for customer-owners to continue their education is one of the ways we do this,” said Kevin Parrish, Emerald PUD board president.

Five $1250 scholarships are available to individuals who will attend college or utility industry career training in 2017. “These scholarships are for senior high school students, returning college students and adults looking for second-career education or training,” Parrish said.

Scholarship applicants must:

  • Live in Emerald PUD service area or have a family member who lives in the service area
  • Have a high school diploma and achieved at least a 2.0 grade point average, or GED
  • State how their skills and area of study could be utilized by the electric utility industry.

“The utility industry draws on skills and expertise from many different professions. Students pursuing careers in line work, communications, accounting, customer service, energy efficiency, power resources and business should consider applying for our scholarship,” Parrish said.

Individuals may apply online at www.epud.org or call 541-746-1583 to request an application. The deadline to return the application is 6 pm, Monday, April 17, 2017. Scholarship winners will be announced in mid-May.

Emerald PUD has offered annual scholarship opportunities to its customer-owners since 1990.This is the ninth year Emerald PUD has offered the scholarship to adults interested in pursuing second-career training as well as high school seniors.  This is also the ninth year the funds were targeted specifically to utility industry career training.