Southern Pioneer Electric Company

Scholarship money and an opportunity to travel are available though Southern Pioneer Electric Company and other Rural Electric Cooperatives in Kansas.

Dee Longoria, energy services coordinator for Southern Pioneer, presented both options to Skyline students during a visit Nov. 7.

Applications for both the tours and scholarships are available on-line at

Youth Tours are one week long during the summer and in 2018 students will get to visit Washington D.C. from June 7-14 or Steamboat Springs, Colo. from July 13-19. The tours are for sophomores and juniors are offered all-expenses paid. Students do have to pay for their own souvenirs but everything else is paid for, Longoria said.

All students are automatically eligible to apply for scholarships if they attend school in the Southern Pioneer service area and that includes Skyline. Students from other rural electric cooperative areas also attend the tours and apply for scholarships. Life long friendships are established at the camps.

The trip to Washington D.C. provides students an opportunity to learn about history and politics and visit the many historical sites and museums in the city. The Steamboat Springs trip is a camp where students learn life lessons, leadership skills and get to take part in various outdoor activities plus make new friendships that last a lifetime, Longoria said.

To qualify for either the tour or scholarship, students have to digitally submit an application on the Southern Pioneer website. The application is due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2018.

The tours are an experience of a life time. Students not only learn a lot about the place they visit but about themselves. Students find it tough to leave the new friends they make.

There will be four winners in the Southern Pioneer service area and the tour looks good on future resumes, Longoria said.

Part of the application process includes the student writing a paragraph explaining why they would be a good candidate for the program. A panel of judges will review the applications then select finalists. Finalists will be required to go to either the Liberal or Medicine Lodge Southern Pioneer office for an interview. Winners will be notified in the mail or through social media.

High school seniors are eligible for $1,000 scholarships. Southern Pioneer will give out 18 scholarships this year.

Seniors must submit an on-line application available at and requires a single page resume that highlights the student's future plans, school activities/athletics, accomplishments, honors, community service or employment experience. Students should not include references in their resumes.

Longoria said the applications, resumes and paragraphs should all be spelling error free.

Scholarship applicants must also submit a certified high school transcript that can either be e-mailed or mailed to: Southern Pioneer Electric Scholarship Program, c/o Dee Longoria, P. O. Box 430, Ulysses, KS, 67880. Electronic resumes are mailed to Electronic resumes will only be accepted if they are sent by a staff member of the student's school. This could be a counselor, office secretary or principal.

Southern Pioneer has awarded over $140,000 in Scholarship money to high school seniors.

Any additional questions should be directed to Longoria at or call 620-424-5229.

Southern Pioneer Electric Company's mission is to provide affordable and reliable electricity. They are dedicated on giving back to the community. Through the Helping Us Give to Society program, that is funded through their recycled metal's program, they are able to donate funds to various projects in their 10-county service territory.