Lineman Training Scholarship

Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative is offering a $3,500 scholarship to cover books and tuition for the candidate chosen to attend the High Voltage Lineman Training Program at ASU-Newport, Arkansas this fall.

Applicants must be current members (or the child of a current member) of Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation in order to be eligible. 

This is a 36-semester credit hour program consisting of 16 credit hours during the fall semester of courses that include introductions to utilities, climbing and groundman procedures, electrical safety, heavy construction equipment, DC and AC circuit analysis, technical mathematics and technical computer applications.  

The spring semester consists of 16 credit hours of courses including overhead distribution systems and pole framing, principles of operation of high voltage distribution systems, underground distribution, technical composition, human relations, heavy construction equipment and introduction to transformers. In the final semester (4 credit hours), students will complete an internship at their local electric cooperative as their capstone course.  

The successful candidate must complete an ASU-Newport Application for Admission and forward all college and high school official transcripts, medical immunizations records, ACT, ASSET or COMPASS scores and any other necessary records to the Office of Admissions and Records of Arkansas State University-Newport. The cost of housing while attending is not covered by the sponsor and must be provided by the student. More information about the program may be obtained at

The scholarship application is accessible at The application must be completed and returned by May 1, 2023, to the attention of:

Bobby Fenton
Director of Operations
2904 E. 9th Street
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854

In addition, the scholarship application must be accompanied by:

  • Your most recent academic transcript from school
  • A copy of your college entrance exam (ACT and/or SAT) scores
  • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or employer
  • Documented high school activities school and community honors and activities.

For more information, contact Rhonda Morrow at or 870-772-2743 ext. 1201.