Associated Electric Cooperative Donates Two Scholarships for Sikeston Campus Students



March 20, 2008 – Associated Electric Cooperative’s (AECI) New Madrid Power Plant, located near New Madrid, Mo., has made a gift to provide two $1,250 annual scholarships to students attending Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston.

AECI is owned by and provides wholesale power to six regional and 51 local electric cooperative systems in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma that serve more than 850,000 customers. AECI was formed in 1961 when Missouri’s six generation and transmission cooperatives pooled their resources and created one organization to generate wholesale power supply for rural electric cooperative members. AECI completed its New Madrid Power Plant in 1977 and employs about 210 people at the plant today.

For several years, AECI employees have attended numerous training courses and workshops at Southeast’s Sikeston campus.

“We wanted to do something in return. Training and developing our most important resource, our employees, is so important we thought that helping others with their education would be the best way to give back to the community,” said Jimmy King, training coordinator at the New Madrid Power Plant.

The scholarships are available to Sikeston campus students who are residents of the counties of New Madrid, Scott, Mississippi, Stoddard, Dunklin or Pemiscot and who are pursuing technical or business degrees and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.

“AECI has been a supporter of fund raisers and student events and now are providing scholarships to enable students in our area to achieve success,” said Judy Buck, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston. “We extend our thanks to AECI for the support they have shown for the Sikeston campus and the students since we opened in January 1998.” 

For more information, contact Judy Buck, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston, at (573) 472-3210.

Photo of Roger Sherman, Darryl Minner and Judy Buck

From left are Roger Sherman, an alumnus of Southeast Missouri State University, Darryl Minner, AECI Human Resources coordinator, and Judy Buck, director of Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston.