Opalco Scholarship Doubled

Posted February 21, 2017 at 5:50 am by

Schol­ars at the 2015 Youth Ral­ly includ­ing Ray Doss (sec­ond from left) from Orcas High and Gabi Hack­ett-Carv­er (third from left) from Orcas Chris­t­ian School — Con­tributed photo

Opal­co Schol­ar­ship Amount Dou­bled: $1,000 + Appli­ca­tions Due March 31

2016 Schol­ars at the Youth Ral­ly awards ban­quet. From left: Ten­ley Nel­son and Ryanne Pluff (Fri­day Har­bor High), Ray Doss and Anneke Flem­ing (Orcas High) — Con­tributed photo

Appli­ca­tions are now being accept­ed for OPALCO’s Nour­dine Jensen Coop­er­a­tive Youth Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram. Thanks to the gen­eros­i­ty of the fam­i­ly of Nour­dine Jensen on San Juan Island, the OPALCO schol­ar­ship amount is dou­bled in 2017 to $1,000. In addi­tion, Nour­dine Jensen Schol­ars spend an all-expens­es paid week at the Youth Ral­ly in Ida­ho, a Co-op Lead­er­ship Camp that includes the oppor­tu­ni­ty to earn addi­tion­al schol­ar­ship awards. The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is March 31, 2017.

OPALCO estab­lished the Nour­dine Jensen Coop­er­a­tive Youth Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram in 2010 to hon­or long­time Co-op board mem­ber Nour­dine Jensen. The pro­gram is open to sopho­mores and juniors of OPALCO mem­ber households.

The Youth Ral­ly is a fun-packed week of activ­i­ties includ­ing a day at the water park, roller skat­ing, vol­ley­ball, bowl­ing, social dances, team-build­ing games and edu­ca­tion­al ses­sions on lead­er­ship, grass­roots gov­er­nance and the pow­er indus­try. The Col­lege of Ida­ho cam­pus is an ide­al home base for this sum­mer adventure.

Past schol­ars have said:

“My sense of the world was changed …”
–Brodie Miller, Spring Street School

“I made friend­ships that will last a lifetime…”
–Cameron Schuh, Orcas Island High School

“I had an amaz­ing time at the Ral­ly. They did a per­fect job of bal­anc­ing edu­ca­tion and fun.”
–Marné Cook, Lopez High School

It’s easy to apply:

Fill out a one-page appli­ca­tion and write a one-page let­ter explain­ing why you would be a good ambas­sador of OPALCO. Appli­ca­tions are online: www.opalco.com/members/youth-rally-scholarships/. Appli­ca­tions are due on Fri­day, March 31th at 4:30 pm to Suzanne Olson – solson@opalco.com. Please call Suzanne at 360–376-3537 if you have ques­tions. And, check out pho­tos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/opalco/ and also on Face­book at ICUA Youth Ral­ly 2016. It’s fun!

Orcas Pow­er & Light Coop­er­a­tive (OPALCO) is a non-prof­it elec­tri­cal util­i­ty serv­ing about 11,200 co-op mem­ber-own­ers on 20 islands in San Juan Coun­ty. OPALCO pro­vides elec­tric­i­ty that is 95% green­house-gas free, pre­dom­i­nate­ly gen­er­at­ed by hydro-elec­tric plants. OPALCO was found­ed in 1937 to deliv­er elec­tric­i­ty and improve the qual­i­ty of life in the San Juan islands.

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