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Brighter Future Scholarship Program

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative awards a number of $1,000 scholarships each academic year to eligible students who qualify. The money to fund this scholarship program comes from unclaimed capital credits refunds that previously had to be turned over to the state. Thanks to the efforts of our political advocates, we can now keep those funds in our local communities.

Three teens working on a computerEligibility Requirements

The applicant must be:

  • an active Valley REC member or dependent of an active member. (Valley REC directors and employees, and their dependents, are not eligible.)
  • attending or planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • enrolled or planning to enroll full-time for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Previous Brighter Future scholarship recipients are not eligible.

How to Apply

Applications are available here. There are two versions: one for high school students and one for high school graduates.

Applications also will be available the end of January 2020 at Valley REC offices and in the guidance offices of the following public high schools:

  • Altoona Area High School
  • Central High School
  • Claysburg-Kimmel High School
  • Fannett-Metal High School
  • Forbes Road Junior/Senior High School
  • Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School
  • Huntingdon Area High School
  • Juniata High School
  • Juniata Valley High School
  • McConnellsburg High School
  • Mifflin County High School
  • Mount Union Area High School
  • Northern Bedford County High School
  • Southern Fulton Junior/Senior High School
  • Southern Huntingdon County High School
  • Tussey Mountain High School
  • Tyrone Area High School
  • Williamsburg High School

Young woman studyingNew Application Deadline - April 22, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state-wide school closures, we have modified some of the procedures for our scholarship process for this year.

  • We extended the deadline for applications to April 22, 2020.
    All application materials must be postmarked no later than that date or dropped off at one of our offices by that date. Due to the stay-at-home order, we will also accept applications emailed to us by April 22 (from the student, the student’s family, or the student's school).
  • If a school is not able to furnish an official transcript in a sealed envelope either to us or to the student, we will accept an emailed copy of the transcript from a school employee or a transcript service.
  • If SAT and/or ACT scores are usually included on a student's transcript, the student does not need to send a separate copy of those scores.
  • If a student took any courses at a college or university, and those courses are included on the high school transcript, the student does not need to provide any transcripts from those colleges or universities. Post-secondary transcripts are required only for coursework not included on a high school transcript.

If a student or school chooses to email scholarship materials to us, please use the email address and mention Brighter Future Scholarship in the subject line. Please direct any questions to the same e-mail address.

Scholarship selections will be made by late May. Award recipients will be notified by the end of June.

Previous Recipients

Previous scholarship recipients are listed here by the calendar year in which they were awarded the scholarship. Congratulations to all of them.

Two young students in a chemistry classPREA Scholarship Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association (PREA) offers two different scholarships. Valley REC does not oversee or award these PREA scholarships. For more information, click on a specific scholarship below.


Please note that these PREA links will open in a new browser window or tab. Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is not responsible for the content of PREA's pages.

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