Magic Valley Is Committed to Members

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.


More News

Magic Valley Employees Raise $5,000 for Safe Haven For Kids Emergency Shelter

Magic Valley EC employees raise funds to help provide emergency shelter for children in the Rio Grande Valley. The tradition of giving continues for Magic Valley employees who helped raise $5,000 through the Magic Valley...

Teach For America

Abhinav Mishra is driven to create opportunities for income students at Edcouch-Elsa High School. While tutoring students in science at a low-income elementary school as an undergrad at Arizona State University, Abhinav Mishra came to an...

Magic Valley Employees Raise $5,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Rio Grande Valley

Magic Valley EC employees raise funds to help provide support to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities in the Valley. Continuing its commitment to the community, Magic Valley employees helped raise $5,000 through the...

At 80 Years, MVEC Looks to the Past and the Future

The celebration of Magic Valley Electric Co-op’s 80th anniversary brought approximately 750 people – members and guests—to the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium on April 17. The crowd represented a small fraction of Magic Valley’s 97,000 members—the...

Magic Valley Electric Cooperative Sends Four RGV High School Students to DC

This summer, Marcus Jay Ramirez and Jerry Lefner, from Harlingen High School South; Abigail Morales, from Hanna Early College High School; and Ryan Arnold, from Harlingen High School, get to spend a week in Washington,...

Magic Valley Introduces a Prepaid Electricity Plan – EZPrepaid

A prepaid electricity plan is as simple as it sounds. Consumers pay for electricity before it is used, then use the electricity until the credit expires. A terrific analogy for a prepaid plan is putting...

Magic Valley Empowers Teach for America with a $5,000 Donation

Magic Valley Electric Cooperative invests in education to support the recruitment, training, and professional development of teachers in the Rio Grande Valley. Mercedes, April 6, 2017— Magic Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) invests in education with a $5,000...

President's Message 2017

I am proud to report to you that the State of your Cooperative is excellent.  I am proud to report to you that the State of your Cooperative is excellent, and it continues a tradition it...