Scholarship Opportunities

Provided by the Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation


February 1, 2017
Application Portals open for The National Cooperative Leadership Foundation (AKA “Youth Tour Alumni”) Scholarships and “Engineers of the Future” Scholarships.

April 1, 2017
Application portals close at 11:00 PM EST

Mid-July, 2017
Winners Selected!

August, 2017
Awards Distributed

“Youth Tour Alumni”

“Engineers of the Future”

The Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation encourages educational advancement by awarding high education scholarships to eligible students.
This year, in addition to our “Youth Tour Alumni Scholarships,” additional scholarships are available to college students pursuing careers in electrical engineering – Specifically those college students who plan to return to rural areas once they complete their college careers.
For more information on the Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation & IEE-REPC “Engineers for the Future” scholarship opportunities, please read below.

The Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation Scholarship
(The “Youth Tour Alumni Scholarship”)

The Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation is proud to have awarded $56,000 to NRECA’s Washington D.C. Youth Tour alumni since starting the program in 2014! NRECA’s Youth Tour alumni represent individuals from diverse communities across the country.
Each year, we award one $10,000 scholarship and four additional $1,000 scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for The Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation Scholarship, often referred to as the “Youth Tour Alumni Scholarship,” applicants must:

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Have participated in NRECA’s Youth Tour program
  • Have received academic credits equal to at least one year of college
  • Have completed at least one semester at an accredited university or college as a full-time student
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited university or college by the application deadline of April 1, 2017
  • Be working on completing his/her first undergraduate degree*

*Individuals pursuing a second undergraduate degree and/or any higher degrees are not eligible to apply for the scholarship.

All above criteria must be met to be considered for The Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation Scholarship.

How to Apply

Applicants are judged on the following:

  • Cumulative GPA
  • Internships and work experience
  • Civic, volunteer and political activities
  • Leadership roles pursued and/or held
  • Involvement in cooperative-based programs and activities
  • A 3-5 minute YouTube video answering provided questions

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Knudson at

The interest and success of the “Youth Tour Alumni Scholarship” detailed above has inspired the Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation to create an additional scholarship opportunity: The “Engineers for the Future” scholarship. These scholarships could not be possible without the foresight and generous contributions of the IEEE: Rural Electric Power Committee (REPC).

With IEEE:REPC’s support and vision, the Foundation hopes to support future engineers that will help define and solve the electric utility challenges of the future.

Each year, the Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation will award at least two $2,000 scholarships to college students seeking a career in the rural electric engineering fields.

One major difference between the “Engineers of the Future” Scholarship and the Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation Scholarship (detailed above) is that the “Engineers of the Future” scholarship applicants do not need to be former Youth Tour participants.

Please read on for other additional application criteria and information.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Applicant must be enrolled in an ABET, 4-year program of electrical engineering or electrical engineering technology, and have at least a ‘B’ average in major subjects.
  • Major GPA will be considered in both eligibility and scoring.
  • Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Applicant must have already received academic credits equal to at least one year of college.
  • Scholarship criteria will credit extracurricular activities in the engineering field including, but not limited to, participation in:
    Science fairs | MathCounts | FFA | 4H | Boy Scouts | Robotics | Computers, and other similar activities which enhance and/or promote engineering skills.

Essay Requirement Information

  • Essays are not to exceed 1,500 words
  • Applicants are to describe, in detail, their desire become an electrical engineer with an emphasis in electric power and why the preference is to pursue this career at an electrical utility serving a rural area.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the unique challenges facing Rural America in the electric utility industry and how the applicant will potentially address these issues as an engineer.
  • OPTIONAL – Applicants may also submit a 3-5 minute YouTube video detailing the same issues listed above. Applicants who choose to opt out of the optional video submission will not be penalized.
  • Through the essay and/or video submission, candidates must demonstrate:
    – A commitment to the electrical engineering profession
    – A passion for improving rural communities through engineering knowledge and skills

About Glenn English

Glenn-English_tA tireless consumer advocate, Glenn English has spent his career championing the cooperative business model and fighting to improve the quality of life for all Americans.

Mr. English served 10 terms in the U.S. Congress representing Oklahoma’s 6th district from 1975 – 1994. He served on the House Agriculture Committee and as chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, and Rural Development beginning in 1989. As chairman, Mr. English worked directly on legislation affecting rural development programs, including rural electrification and telecommunications, and pursued an aggressive agenda to revitalize the economy of America’s rural communities.

In 1994, Mr. English became the fourth Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). He vigorously defended the nation’s electric cooperatives and promoted the “Cooperative Way” as a solution to many of the nation’s problems. Never forgetting the driving spirit of rural electrification and the power of cooperation, he continually kept lawmakers and regulators focused on “putting consumers first” and keeping electric bills affordable during nearly two decades of congressional debate over energy and environmental policy.

During his tenure at NRECA, Mr. English was a passionate advocate of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour and Youth Leadership Council (YLC) programs. He encouraged these young leaders to never lose sight of the seven cooperative principles and focus on their responsibilities as citizens – to be well informed and engaged in the political process.

In May 2010, Mr. English was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame. Mr. English retired from NRECA in March 2013 after serving as Chief Executive Officer of NRECA for 19 years.