Lightner Community Spirit Scholarship

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10 $1,000 scholarships available!

Victory Electric is proud to sponsor our scholarship program for high school seniors and current college students. Each spring, Victory Electric awards ten $1,000 scholarships to its members and/or their dependents. The Lightner Community Spirit Scholarship is designed to recognize students who have demonstrated academic success as well as showing a commitment to bettering their community.

“As a not-for-profit cooperative, one of our guiding principles is ‘Commitment to Community,’ and I can’t think of a better way than a scholarship program to give back to the communities we serve and encourage youth to be involved in their own community," said Shane Laws, Victory Electric CEO.

The name of the scholarship honors the Lightner family of Plymell, Kansas. Richard Lightner served the Victory Electric’s board of trustees for 36 years, and his father, George, served 31 years previous. Both strongly supported Victory Electric’s community and youth programs.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be an active member in good standing with the cooperative, or a dependent of such member. Applicants must be a full-time student or entering an accredited trade school, college or university.

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The Victory Electric Cooperative Assn., Inc., will award ten $1,000 scholarships to its members or their dependents pursuing higher education.

  • All applicants for the scholarship shall be considered on the application criteria without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin or existence of a physical handicap.
  • Victory Electric personnel will review applications for completeness before removing names and any identifying information and submitting qualifying applications to a selection committee made of impartial judges who will evaluate application details, grammar and spelling; academic ability; and the applicant’s contributions to their community to determine scholarship winners.
  • Scholarships must be applied toward tuition and fees. Funds are paid directly to the college/university or trade school at the beginning of the fall semester upon presentation of proof of enrollment.
  • All applications must be complete via the online application process.
  • The official transcript must be emailed directly to Victory Electric from a counselor or school official OR placed in a sealed envelope with the envelope flap signed by a school official and either mailed to Victory Electric or delivered to our office location.
  • Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and current college students.
  • Applicants must be a current student at or be entering an accredited college, university or trade school.
  • Must be registered as a full-time student.
  • Must be an active Victory Electric member in good standing or a dependent such member.
    • Good standing is defined as “a member who paid the 12 most recent Victory Electric bills in which he/she is legally responsible or liable, without having been issued more than two termination notices.”
  • Scholarships are for one year. An applicant may apply as often as desired but are only eligible to receive ONE Victory Electric scholarship.
  • Must have and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale