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Co-op News
Valley, Libby students eligible for scholarships
Several new awards added

     High school seniors whose parents are Flathead Electric members are eligible to apply for a number of Co-op scholarships, including several being offered for the first time this year.
     Graduating seniors in the Flathead Valley and Libby are eligible for four-year scholarships to Montana colleges. Three $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to Flathead Valley students and one to a Libby High School student.
     Graduating seniors from the Flathead and Libby are eligible for three newFVCC Campus scholarships to vocational-technical schools. These scholarships will be distributed at $500 for two consecutive years. Eligible two-year schools are within the five Colleges of Technology: Great Falls, Billings, Helena, Missoula and Butte; three community colleges in Kalispell, Miles City and Glendive and seven tribal colleges.
     Criteria for both the two-year and four-year scholarships are academic achievement (25 percent); personal statement (30 percent); financial need (25 percent); school activities (10 percent); and community activities (10 percent).
     Applications are available at local high schools and Flathead Electric offices in Kalispell and Libby. Deadline for returning applications to Flathead Electric is April 1. A local scholarship committee will choose the recipients.
     Also new this year is a $1,500 scholarship to Flathead Valley Community College. Information and applications are available from the college and at Flathead Electric offices. Application deadline is April 1.
     In addition to the Flathead Electric scholarships, the child of a Co-op member will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Basin Electric Power Cooperative, which provides power to part of our service area.
     Information on this scholarship is also available at Flathead Electric offices. Applicants must be students who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time graduate or undergraduate course of study at an accredited, two-year or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.
     Basin Electric’s scholarships are awarded on the following criteria: SAT/ACT scores, grade-point average, work experience, participation in school and community activities, a personal statement and third-party recommendation. Flathead Electric will evaluate the applications from students in its service area. Deadline for returning completed applications to Flathead Electric is Feb. 15.

Co-op’s Annual Meeting is March 26
All members invited to attend

     Mark Saturday, March 26, on your calendar and plan to attend Flathead Electric’s Annual Meeting at the Flathead High School auditorium in Kalispell.
     It’s your chance to learn more about your cooperative, meet board members and staff and maybe win a prize.
     Registration and social hour begin at 9 a.m., with the business meeting at 10.
     Lots of great door prizes will be given away, including the grand prize of a used 1998 Ford Ranger pickup from Flathead Electric’s fleet.
     You’ll be receiving more information in the mail, including a registration card that will admit you to the meeting.
     We hope to see you on March 26.

Construction boom fuels
Co-op’s growth

Nearly 2,000 new homes energized

Reflecting a continuing construction boom in the Flathead Valley, Flathead Electric Cooperative had another year of rapid growth during 2004.

“It was the fourth consecutive year of record growth at the Co-op,” said Dan Anderson, Senior Engineer for New Services. “All indications are that this trend will continue.”

A total of 1,965 new residential services were energized last year, up from 1,895 in 2003. The 2003 growth rate was 600 ahead of the previous year.

Backbone electrical lines were requested for 118 new subdivisions, adding to the 133 new backbone lines energized in 2003.

A total of 253 new small commercial services were added, along with six large commercial projects.
More than 573,000 feet of primary and secondary cable was added to the Co-op system during 2004, compared with about 495,000 feet during 2003.


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