By Sierra Rhodes MVEC Member
I hear a lot of my friends’ parents complaining about their electric bill. But my parents and I have reason to celebrate when we talk about our electric cooperative—because I won the Magic Valley scholarship this year.
My co-op cares about its communities and local youth—that’s why my co-op matters to me.
I heard about the Magic Valley’s scholarships through my guidance counselor and I thought I’d give it a shot. I had to fi ll out an application and submit an essay, a couple of months later, I received a phone call to schedule a formal interview. I was excited, since I love interviews. A day after my interview, I was surprised to get the phone call with the exciting news that I had been awarded one of the seven $15,000 scholarships. It was a monumental moment for me since I’d have fewer college expenses to worry about.
I’m attending Texas Tech University in the fall, and like most students, scholarships are really important to me. I’m so grateful to Magic Valley for supporting higher education and investing in my future. It’s also a nice feeling that my hard work all through school has been rewarded.
When I went to Magic Valley’s Annual Meeting in April for the award ceremony, I learned that scholarships aren’t the only cool thing the co-op does. High school juniors can apply to go on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour—a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., in June—and they also do safety demonstrations in elementary schools, so kids know how to use electricity safely. The annual meeting itself was really fun, too—my parents voted for candidates running for the board of directors and we heard about the co-op from the General Manager, John W. Herrera. We also were able to eat some great chocolate chip and macadamia cookies, and we had an opportunity to check out the exhibit, where they displayed a timeline of MVEC’s 80th years of history.
Most people think their electric company just charges them for electricity—it’s nice to know that Magic Valley is more than that. My co-op’s commitment to its members matters to me.