The EmPOWERing Scholarship program of Emerald People’s Utility District just got a power boost. The board of directors voted to more than double annual scholarship giving to $15,000.

“EPUD was born from the community we serve. It makes sense that we invest back into our customers living in our district,” said Kevin Parrish, president of Emerald PUD board of directors.

Scholarships are available to youth starting and continuing their college or trade school education as well as adults seeking second career training, said Patty Jo Angelini, EPUD public relations coordinator.

“A successful utility draws on the talents of people with a variety of skills. We need engineers, energy efficiency experts and accountants. But we also need communicators, graphic designers and customer service‐oriented problem solvers. We would like our customers to see their utility as a great place to work and use their skills,” Angelini said.

Applications may be completed online or by submitting a completed paper application the end of January 2018. For more information on scholarship requirements or the application, go to or contact Patty Jo Angelini at 541‐746‐1583.