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Kids’ Electrical Safety Poster Contest

Posters are due June 19, 2020, for this year’s Electrical Safety Poster Contest. All elementary-age children whose parents or guardians are Benton REA members with active electrical accounts are eligible. Prizes will be distributed in July. For more information, call 509-781-6752 or email rmitchell@bentonrea.org. Age Categories: Kindergartners and 1st graders 2nd and 3rd graders 4th…

2020 Scholarship Winners

2020 Scholarship Recipients

Six graduating high school students will receive continuing education scholarships from Benton REA this fall. Five seniors were awarded an $8,000 Benton REA academic scholarship to aid with their college or university tuition. One student received Benton REA’s $4,000 Trade and Technical scholarship to be used at a trade or vocational school. Each year, when…

2020 Youth Tour Delegates, Canon Briggs (West Richland) and Megan Aichele (Benton City)

Local Students Selected for Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

This summer, Megan Aichele and Canon Briggs will represent Benton REA as a part of the 2020 Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. These young women will travel to the nation’s capital June 17-24 with about 30 students from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. During their trip, they will visit national monuments and memorials,…

High School Seniors, apply today. $8,00 and $4000 scholarships

Students: Apply Now for 2020 Scholarships and Youth Tour

Benton REA scholarship and Youth Tour applications are available online. Youth Tour applications are due December 3. Scholarship applications are due January 3, 2020. Seniors Graduating seniors whose parents are members of Benton REA and whose main residence is within Benton, Yakima or Lewis counties are eligible to apply forBenton REA’s scholarships. Up to five…

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Sign up for Youth Program and Energy-Efficiency Webinars

Benton REA will host three free webinars in November about its youth programs and residential energy-efficiency programs. “We want to let our members know about these great member benefits, but we know not everyone has time to attend a class”, says Troy Berglund, manager of community development and member relations. “By attending a webinar, you…

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Youth Tour Applications Available Online

Applications for Benton REA’s Youth Tour are available online at BentonREA.org/youth. Benton REA will select two area students to represent the cooperative on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., June 18-25, 2020. Children of Benton REA members who are in their sophomore or junior year of high school and whose main residence is in Benton,…

Nathan Shibley and Michelle Bolling in Washington, D.C.

Youth Tour Delegates Respond to Trip of a Lifetime

Youth Tour Delegates Respond to Trip of a Lifetime Nearly 2,000 children of electric cooperative members from across the nation traveled to Washington, D.C., June 13-20 for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. Nathan Shibley and Michelle Bolling, both of West Richland, represented Benton REA. Nathan was selected to represent Washington on the Youth…

2019 Scholarship Recipients: Skyler Younkin, Parker Johnson, Emily Bonus, Joel Kartchner and Kate Whalen

2019 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Five graduating high school students from West Richland were awarded $8,000 Benton REA academic scholarships to aid with their college tuition. Each year, when unclaimed capital credit checks are returned to Benton REA, the money is used to help fund scholarships for students whose parents are members of Benton REA. The scholarship committee looks at…

Taylor Smith with the Washington state flag.

Taylor Smith Represents Washington state in Youth Leadership Council

Some children born in rural communities choose to plant roots in their hometown. Others seek a “better life” in urban areas after high school. Benton REA believes a better life can be had in both scenarios by investing in the rural community leaders of tomorrow. Taylor Smith, daughter of Benton REA members Blake and Sheri…

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Kids! Enter the Safety Poster Contest

Benton REA is once again sponsoring its Safety Poster Contest for all elementary schoolchildren whose parents or guardians are Benton REA members with active electrical accounts. Prizes will be distributed at the annual meeting July 13 at Enterprise Middle School in West Richland. Age Categories: Kindergartners and 1st graders 2nd and 3rd graders 4th and…