Scholarships & Youth Programs

Check out the variety of programs and scholarships offered by Great lakes Energy.

Classroom Grants

Great Lakes Energy Cooperative is now accepting applications for our GLE Classroom Grant Program for the 2022-2023 school year. School districts in the Great Lakes Energy service area that educate children of GLE members can receive a grant of up to $2,000 to fund innovative programs, particularly those involving technology or equipment that enrich students’ education. Preference will be given to projects that involve technology, equipment or materials that can be used more than once, enhance learning, are not currently being funded through the school’s budget, and are likely to be fresh and exciting to students. The project does not have to involve the study of electricity.

Teachers and administrators of public or private K-12 schools may apply. Multiple projects within the same school district can be combined to a maximum award per district of $2,000 per year. 

Grants awarded for the 2021-2022 school year bring the total to just over $243,000 for 168 projects since GLE launched its classroom grant program in 2012. Great Lakes Energy will award up to $30,000 total in grants for the 2022-2023 school year.

Applications due Nov. 4, 2022

Your grant application must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.
Grant fund recipients will be notified mid-November 2022.
Checks will be delivered when photos are taken following grant announcements.

For additional information, please contact Whitney Gilland at [email protected], or 888-485-2537, ext. 1334.

These schools received classroom grants for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Boyne City High School, Boyne City: $1,000 for microscopes.
  • Boyne City Middle School, Boyne City: $1,000 for a groundwater flow simulator.
  • Boyne Falls Public School, Boyne Falls: $1,850 for drones.
  • Charlevoix Montessori Academy for the Arts, Charlevoix: $2,000 for STEM kits.
  • Evart Middle School, Evart: $2,000 for drones.
  • Franklin and Lakeview Elementary, Ludington: $599 for Doodler pens.
  • Grant High School, Grant: $2,000 for audio recording equipment.
  • Grayling Elementary, Grayling: $700 for Micro:bits.
  • Harbor Springs High School, Harbor Springs: $1,995 for flight simulators.
  • Inland Lakes Elementary, Indian River: $1,379.94 for Chromebooks.
  • Ludington Area Catholic School, Ludington: $1,000 for Breakout Boxes from Breakout EDU.
  • McBain Middle School, McBain: $2,000 for LEGO Education Spike Prime kits.
  • McFall Elementary, Middleville: $1,000 for sensorimotor room equipment.
  • Newaygo High School, Newaygo: $500 for giant Angry Birds.
  • Oceana Christian School, Hart: $2,000 for STEM kits.
  • Patricia St. Clair Elementary, Hesperia: $1,700 for iPads.
  • Pine River Middle School, LeRoy: $1,100 for Lego Robotics and Coding.
  • Shelby Early Childhood Center, Shelby: $1,286.74 for Square Panda Literacy System.
  • St. Mary School, Big Rapids: $2,000 for STEM kits.
  • Thornapple Kellogg Middle School: Middleville, $1,000 for virtual reality goggles.
  • Wolverine Elementary, Wolverine: $1,960 for Lego League kits.
  • Public or private schools that have children of Great Lakes Energy members enrolled may apply for a classroom grant. The school or school district does not need to have electricity supplied by Great Lakes Energy.
  • If your district is very near or within the shaded areas on the map below, you are eligible to apply. Schools far from the shaded area will most likely not be eligible. Contact us with questions.
  • Each separate school within a school district may apply for a grant; however, multiple schools within a school district will be limited to a collective total of $2,000 for this grant cycle. Please note that your request can be for less than $2,000.
  • We serve areas in these 26 counties: Allegan, Antrim, Barry, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Kent, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Montcalm, Montmorency, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Oscoda, Ottawa, Otsego, Wexford.

    Please note: We serve limited areas in each of these counties, so your school district or specific schools within your district may not be eligible. Review the map below for coverage areas and contact us if you have a question.

  • Describe the proposed project/program. What purpose would it accomplish? How will it use technology in an innovative, educational way?
  • What is the estimated cost of the project/program?
  • Are outside funds needed?
  • Please attach supporting documents such as an itemized list, if appropriate.
  • Who and how many would benefit from this project/program?
  • How many students are in your school?
  • Explain how the program will meet the objectives/goals of the grant program?
  • How long would the project/program be able to benefit the students?
  • Will this project/program have a community impact?
  • Promotes innovation in the classroom
  • Will enrich students’ learning experience
  • Impacts a significant number of students at the school
  • Establishes potential for long-term benefit to the student body
  • Includes measurable indicators of success
  • Clarity of the application

Safety Demonstrations

Great Lakes Energy offers its free safety demonstration program to bring important electrical safety information to its members and to service organizations in areas where GLE members live. The safety demonstration features a tabletop display for indoor student and youth presentations.

Availability

To request a free demonstration, fill out the form below. We will contact you with an available date.

Request a Safety Demonstration

Eligible groups include schools and youth organizations (Scouts, youth camps, etc.), within Great Lakes Energy’s service area.

SCHOOLS AND YOUTH GROUPS: We will bring an indoor tabletop display to your location.

Large groups may require multiple presentations
Please list 3 to 5 specific options. Dates are limited from April – October.
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GLE Scholarships

Great Lakes Energy is proud to offer scholarship opportunities for students pursuing careers in electrical linework, electrical engineering, and information technology.  

The lineworker program scholarship, which was previously funneled through Alpena Community College and Northwest Lineman College, has been expanded to include eligibility for any accredited lineworker program in Michigan. Up to six scholarships will be awarded annually.

Scholarships are also available for students seeking degrees in electrical engineering or in information technology. Two scholarships are available for each of these two areas of study.

The scholarships are available for residents of Michigan who have a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and are enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited program for the upcoming school year or program term. Scholarships are awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000-$2,500 per school year or program term.

We closed the 2022-23 school year application period with $16,000 in scholarships awarded. Please check back in January of 2023 for information on available scholarships and application for the 2023-24 academic year.

For more information contact:
GLE Human Resources Manager
(231) 487-1325
[email protected]

line workers on a telephone pole

Youth Tour

Are you a high school sophomore or junior? Are your parents/guardians members of Great Lakes Energy? Youth Tour provides a free once-in-a-lifetime learning and leadership experience attended by students from electric cooperatives all over the country. Visit cooperativeyouthtour.com to learn more and apply online.

As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to impact our lives, Great Lake Energy has decided not to participate in the 2022 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. We anticipate reinstating the Youth Tour for the summer of 2023.

If you have questions, please email [email protected] or call 888-485-2537, ext. 8957.

youth tour

Grant Application

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