NLI and MECA Scholarships

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2023 Northern Lights Educational Scholarships

March 3 Deadline

Apply for an educational or lineworker school scholarship from NLI. Continuing Northern Lights’ history of supporting education, the co-op is now accepting applications for the scholarship program. The NLI Board of Directors has authorized eight $1,500 educational scholarships and one $3,000 lineworker school scholarship.

Educational & Lineworker School Scholarship Guidelines

The eight educational scholarships are for graduating high school seniors entering college or vocational school, or a current undergraduate student. Graduate students are not eligible. The applicant or their parent/guardian must be a member of NLI to qualify. NLI employees, directors, and their families are not eligible to apply.

The lineworker school scholarship is for someone enrolled or planning to enroll in lineworker school. The applicant or their parent/guardian must be a member or employee of NLI, or the applicant must live in Bonner, Boundary, Sanders or Lincoln county.


Applications and accompanying documents must be submitted to NLI in person, by email to or by mail no later than Friday, March 3, 2023.


Applicants must submit a completed application, available at the NLI office and online. They must also submit:

  • Application
  • A financial statement.
  • A short essay on what it means to be a member of a cooperative.
  • A brief personal statement about future goals.
  • One character reference letter.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Scholarship Selection & Distribution

The NLI scholarship committee will select the nine scholarship winners. Winners will be notified by March 24, 2023. A scholarship certificate announcing the award will be provided to each winner in time for recognition during graduation ceremonies, if applicable.

Funds will not be disbursed until proof of enrollment is received. Once received, the funds for the scholarships will be sent directly to the college, vocational or lineworker school in the student’s name.

Educational scholarships must be claimed by December 31, 2023, or the money will be forfeited.

Apply Today

Download the 2023 NLI Lineworker Scholarship Application

Download the 2023 NLI Educational Scholarship Application