Scholarship applications are now available

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is once again accepting scholarship applications from graduating high school seniors and current college students.

Students are eligible to be considered if they live in the Cuivre River Electric service area and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while attending undergraduate courses at an accredited college, university or technical school. Applicants are required to provide an official transcript and two letters of recommendation, a complete copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR), write a narrative to highlight their academic achievements and community service, state their career goals and demonstrate a financial need. The scholarship may also be used for adult continuing education courses in their career fields.

The deadline to apply is May 1. Scholarships will be awarded in June.

Applications can be downloaded here. They are also available at the Cuivre River offices in Troy, 1112 E. Cherry St., and Lake Saint Louis, 8757 Highway N.

“We encourage all eligible students to start working on their applications now so they don’t have to worry about missing the May 1 deadline,” said Tim Schmidt, communications/media specialist. “Since 1997, more than 2,000 scholarships totaling over $1 million have been awarded. The success of our program could not be possible without the generosity of our members who participate in Operation Round Up as well as the current and past trustees who oversee the scholarship funds. We’re glad we can help students reach and achieve their academic goals.”

This year, members of the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board anticipate having $60,000 available in scholarship funds. This is the second year trustees have transitioned to an annual scholarship award for all applicants, rather than twice a year as conducted in previous years.

In 2017, a total of $52,500 was awarded, with 70 students each receiving a $750 scholarship.

Scholarship funds are donated by Cuivre River Electric members who participate in Operation Round Up by rounding up their electric bill payments each month to the next highest dollar. The funds, administered by a seven-member volunteer board, are available to help individuals, families and organizations.

For more information contact Schmidt at or 636-695-4837.



We are proud to announce that 2,095 Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Scholarships, totaling $1,032,500 have been awarded to students in our communities since the scholarship program began in 1997.


Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Scholarships are available to undergraduate and continuing education students. Recipients are selected on the basis of educational commitment and financial need.


The scholarships are made possible because of our members who participate in Operation Round Up, a program in which our members voluntarily round their power bill up to the nearest whole dollar and the change is used to make big differences in people’s lives.


Scholarships are awarded once a year.


Award Restrictions


  • Applicant must permanently reside in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles or Warren counties in Missouri.
  • Funds are for on-campus expenses only. This includes tuition, books and campus housing.
  • Individual scholarships will be awarded in an amount not to exceed $1,000 per academic year and $2,500 per academic career.
  • Scholarships are not renewable, but recipients are encouraged to reapply until the reach the $2,500 maximum award.
  • Scholarships must be applied to one semester (they cannot be divided between two or more semesters).
  • Scholarships are available for up to six months from award date.
  • Scholarships are available for undergraduate and continuing education students ONLY.
  • Scholarships are not available for tuition to private grade schools or high schools, or for graduate students.



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