Thumb Electric Company Scholarship Returns for Thumb

The Thumb Electric Company and the Thumb Electric Cooperative Board of Directors have reinstated the annual scholarship for high school graduates.

Since 1938, the Thumb Electric Cooperative of Ubly has served the community, providing electrical service for the Thumb area.

The TEC Board of Directors approved the scholarship program last year, in place of the annual trip. The committee still wanted to find a way to give back to the community and the children and decided on a prize of $1,500 for high school graduates.

“We want to pay attention to our youth and young adults,” said Thumb Electric contest coordinator Mitch Hirn.

This year, the Thumb Electric Scholarship is again offering a $1,500 scholarship to a qualified 2022 graduate in each of the counties served by TEC: Huron, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties. Scholarship applicants must be a 2022 high school graduate, with their TEC member parent or guardian. Participants must embark on a field study related to the world of electricity cooperatives.

“We want to show kids that there are a lot of positives in the world of electric co-ops,” Hirn said. “The career choice doesn’t have to be electrical related, but rather we’re looking for something that could benefit our electrical world. Last year we had a gentleman win going into environmental science. It’s not exactly electric, but (the council) thought it was something beneficial and could be very useful later.

Students can choose to submit a short video presentation or a short written essay about their chosen career and how it would benefit the electric co-op world. Submissions must be completed and uploaded to the company application page by November 1, 2022. For more information, visit the TEC website or contact Mitch at [email protected]

“Our community is important and we hope to see the children return and show their valuable and beneficial work to their community.”

Barbara M. Stokes