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Scholarships Available for High School Seniors

MARTINSVILLE — Each year, South Central Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation (SCI REMC) awards scholarships to local students.

The John D. Rudd Memorial Scholarship program, funded by SCI REMC’s Operation RoundUp®, encourages graduating high school seniors to further their educations. Each winning student receives a one-time $1,000 scholarship that can be applied to a two-year or four-year college or university, or a technical or vocational school.

“Our co-op [SCI REMC] continuously looks for ways to support our community,” stated Maura Giles, manager of cooperative relations for SCI REMC. “That’s why each year we assist our young people in their pursuit of higher education, in order to improve their quality life, as well as the quality of life in our communities.”

The John D. Rudd Memorial Scholarship program, established in May 2005, was named for a former SCI REMC Operation RoundUp trustee who had special interest in the arts, athletics, parks and recreation. Funded entirely by voluntary contributions from SCI REMC members, this scholarship program provides up to five (5) $1,000 scholarships each year, and has awarded 70 scholarships since its inception. This program is open to all SCI REMC residents of Brown, Clay, Johnson, Monroe, Morgan, Owen and Putnam counties who meet the criteria established by the Operation RoundUp trustees. Selection of recipients is based on academics, school activities, community activities and work experience. Applications are available online at or from an area high school guidance counselor. Application deadline is Feb. 28, 2018.

About Operation RoundUp

Operation RoundUp, a grant program sponsored by the members of SCI REMC, has to date awarded 1,109 grants to nonprofit organizations in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown, Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties. Previous Operation RoundUp grants have been awarded to schools, arts organizations, emergency services including fire and police departments, food banks, youth and women’s shelters, conservation clubs, animal rescues, and more.  Non-profit organizations in SCI REMC’s seven counties are invited to apply for the grants, which are awarded each quarter. The next application due date is November 29, 2017. The application can be found at



SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. A cooperative is a business owned by its customers, known as members. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas, but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at this time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity, and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 77 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana.


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