Scholarships, Grants & MN Youth Tour Trip to Washington D.C.
Operation RoundUp® is a volunteer community support program that Redwood Electric Cooperative offers. It is designed to provide financial assistance to worthwhile projects and charities in our service area and local communities. In essence, its people helping people. Redwood Electric feels it should do more than just sell electricity. Our goal is to enhance the equality of life for our members. In one sense, Operation RoundUp® is an extension of that goal. The “neighbor helping neighbor” concept that built our cooperative over 70 years ago is why we offer this program.
Each month, Redwood Electric will “round up” the electric bills of participating members to the next dollar. For example, if your bill is $74.65, we would round it up to $75.00. The additional 35 cents would go to the Operation RoundUp® fund. Our members who participate in the program spend on average $6.00 per year.
In addition to providing financial assistance to non profit organizations and charitable programs, Operation RoundUp® also provides educational scholarships to students graduating from high schools that are located in our service area. Scholarships are awarded each spring and applications for non profit or charitable grants are considered every year in the fall.
Your contribution is tax deductible and the funds are administered by the Trust Board, which is made up of volunteers from throughout the area that Redwood Electric Cooperative serves.
Examples of projects Operation RoundUp® has given money to include: firefighting equipment for volunteer fire departments; lifesaving equipment for ambulance or rescue squads; hospice programs; education scholarships; youth programs; Toys for Tots and similar programs; community recycling programs; environmental research programs; food shelves; crisis centers; clothing, shelter and medical services following accidents or natural disasters.
All Redwood Electric Cooperative members are automatically enrolled to participate in Operation RoundUp®, however, the program is voluntary. If you DO NOT wish to participate, you must contact our office or Opt Out through SmartHub.
Currently we are accepting applications for our Operation Round-up Student Scholarships. All applications must be in our office or postmarked by March 6th at 3:30 pm. Please contact our office with any questions, thank you! Please click on the link below for an application.
Basin Electric $1000 Student Scholarship
Redwood Electric is honored to partner with Basin Electric to award a $1000 scholarship to a dependent of a Redwood Electric Cooperative member. This scholarship is available to high school seniors and college students enrolled full-time in an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school working on an undergraduate or master degree. Applications deadline is February 7th, 2020 and must be in our office by 3:30 pm or postmarked by the deadline.
2020 Youth Tour Trip
Redwood Electric sponsors an all-expense paid trip for an area high school junior or senior (16 to 18 years old) to Washington D.C. The student will represent Redwood Electric in the Minnesota delegation. This is an opportunity and a trip of a lifetime!
The purpose of this contest is to find someone to represent our cooperative and travel with the Minnesota delegation to Washington D.C. on the Rural Electric Youth Tour. Each year about 1600 young people representing rural electric cooperatives from all over the nation get together. During the six days in Washington, D.C., the students have the opportunity to learn first hand what it is like to be involved in politics, community development and to discuss some of today's social issues. They get to visit with congressional leaders and see many of the historical sites in and around the Washington, D.C. area. Visit NRECA's national youth tour web site for more information, videos and pictures of past trips at http://youthtour.coop
2020 Youth Tour Trip to Washington D.C. will be June 20-25 this year. Please turn in applications by March 6th.