Scholarship Opportunity

Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative is now accepting applications for its 2023 Don Stemple Scholarship. The scholarship opportunity is open to area high school 2023 graduates whose parent or grandparent is a cooperative member.

Named in honor of retired Cooperative board member and Sevier County educator Don Stemple, the scholarship is valued at $2,000 and is co-funded ($1,000) by Today’s Power, Incorporated (TPI), the managing corporation of the Cooperative’s C. Wayne Whitaker Solar Power Generation Facility, and a matching donation funded by Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative. 

The Don Stemple Scholarship will be awarded to one high school senior each fall and may be used at a college or technical/trade school.

To be considered as a scholarship candidate the student’s parent or grandparent must be a cooperative member and applicants will be asked to submit an essay of at least 1,000 words. 

The topic for the 2023 essay is, “Explain why there is a need for electric cooperatives.”

In addition, the following information should accompany the completed application and essay:

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

The deadline to submit the application and information is April 28. 

Submissions may be emailed to or delivered to 2904 E 9th Street, Texarkana, Arkansas.

You will find the scholarship application here ( For additional information, call Rhonda Morrow, Administrative Assistant, at 870-772-2743 ext. 1201.