Attention Class of 2023!

January 6, 2023
Students at their graduation ceremony throwing their hats in the air and celebrating.

ERMU has opened its annual scholarship program, partnering again with the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA). The Tom Bovitz Memorial Scholarship Award is available to high school seniors who are customers or have a legal guardian who is a customer of ERMU.

Students are required to submit an entry form and an essay of 500 to 750 words, typed and double spaced, reflecting on one or more of the following prompts:

  • What is the benefit of a city maintaining local control of its utilities?
  • How does your hometown provide reliable, sustainable, and affordable utility service?
  • How does your municipal utility make life easier for its customers?

ERMU will award a $500 scholarship to one local winner who will then go on to compete in MMUA’s statewide scholarship program. There they will have a chance to win an additional $500, $1,000, $1,500, or $2,000. Last year’s ERMU scholarship winner placed fourth in the overall competition, earning a total of $1,000!

Judges are looking for originality and the relevance of the prompts to the writer and ERMU. For students interested in applying, please download the Tom Bovitz Scholarship Guidelines and entry form. For more details and resource materials, you can visit MMUA’s website and the American Public Power Association’s website.

Submissions are due to ERMU by March 31, 2023.