Every year, we give a little jolt to high school students heading off to college. We like to think of it as powering the next generation of Wise Electric members. But we know that not everyone who goes off to college comes back home, and that’s okay. We just know that every little bit helps.
The scholarship is open to any high school seniors who live in our service area and whose parents are members of the cooperative. Applications are assessed based on financial need, an application essay and proven desire to grow through education, among other attributes. You can find a full list of specifications we consider when awarding the scholarship in the application below.
Wise Electric is also a supporter of the Texas Rural Electric Women’s Association (TREWA), which hosts an annual scholarship for their members’ children. To learn more about the TREWA scholarship or membership in TREWA, visit TREWA.org or contact Karen Culpepper at 940-626-3003.
We’re proud to sponsor the Government in Action Youth Tour, which sends youth from across Texas to an immersive experience in Washington, D.C. Each year, three high school students from the Wise Electric family take an all-expenses paid trip to the Texas capital and our nation’s capital. Alumni of the program have referred to it as the experience of a lifetime — the chance to tour monuments, visit museums and meet your Congressional representatives.
To be eligible, a student must live at a home serviced by Wise Electric and be a high school sophomore, junior or senior at the time of the entry deadline. Students will submit an essay about one of a number of topics, and the finalists will be selected from a round of interviews at Wise Electric headquarters in Decatur. Applications are typically due sometime in January. Visit the link below to find this year’s entry information.
Part of our commitment as a cooperative is a commitment to energy safety. This includes practicing safety out in the field and helping our members stay safe at home and on the job. All of our lineman follow strict safety protocols, for their own safety and for the safe operation of installed power infrastructure.
You can also check your monthly issue of Texas Coop Power magazine for monthly updates about energy safety, conservation and more. Additionally, feel free to reach out to us at Wise Electric for printed safety materials for the younger ones. These include activity workbooks and checklists for safer, more energy efficient homes.
For those of you following along at home, our partners at Touchstone Energy Cooperatives have online energy safety resources, including a quiz you can take to make sure your home is as safe as possible.
For more material including safety videos and informational safety stories about the electrical industry, visit our partners at SafeElectricity.org.
Some people in our area could use a helping hand, especially in the heat of summer and cold of winter. These are times when energy prices are high and the cost of not having electricity is most severe. We established the Helping Hand Energy Assistance Program to give you the opportunity to say, “I care,” to your fellow community members.
Each month, you can pledge a contribution to be added to your monthly service bill. The money will be donated to charitable agencies in the area that, in turn assist those needing help paying their utility bill. This includes seniors, people with disabilities and anyone who could otherwise not pay for essential energy needs. Contribution options include set gift amounts or rounding up your utility bill to the nearest dollar. To participate, please fill out the form below and submit it to Wise Electric.