MCREA's 2023 Lineworker Scholarship Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 24
An electrical lineworker performs many different tasks, including climbing poles or operating aerial lift devices to work on overhead lines 25 to 200 feet above the ground, erecting substations, or digging trenches to string underground electric cable. Lineworkers work outside in all kinds of weather to keep our communities running. Occasionally, severe weather or accidents can knock out power to a community and lineworkers may be needed at any hour of the day or night to restore power. Though challenging, linework is a very rewarding career!
MCREA estimates that an apprentice lineworker can typically expect a starting wage around $35 per hour, with the journeyman lineman earning potential of around $50 per hour. Typically, lineworkers also receive medical insurance, a pension plan, life insurance, and a retirement savings plan.
Lineworkers are the backbone of the electric utility industry, making it a viable career across the country.
Morgan County Rural Electric Association is proud to offer scholarships to assist individuals who have chosen to attend powerline school and become electric lineworkers. The $5,000 MCREA Lineworker Scholarship(s) are awarded to qualified applicants selected by MCREA’s lineworker scholarship selection committee.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicant must reside within the outer boundaries of MCREA’s service territory, and be enrolled in or currently attending an approved lineworker training program as a full-time student. Assuming applicant has met the age requirements for enrollment in a lineworker training program, there are no age restrictions to apply for MCREA’s Lineworker Scholarship.
Applicants must complete and submit the MCREA Lineworker Scholarship application by Friday, Feb. 24. Based on application, applicant may be selected to participate in an interview with MCREA’s lineworker scholarship committee.
Scholarship money is dispersed by semester and recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to keep the scholarship. Scholarship recipients are in no way guaranteed or required to be employed at Morgan County REA upon completion of training.