Scholarship Application Now Open

Pioneer Electric is accepting applications for its 2023 scholarship contest. The cooperative will give out $20,000 in scholarships to students within Pioneer’s service territory. To be considered for a scholarship, students must meet the criteria outlined within Pioneer Electric’s scholarship application:

  • Students must attend high school, be a 2023 spring graduate and reside within the district of one of the schools within our service territory. Eligible schools include: Elkhart, Stanton County, Hugoton, Lakin, Moscow, Rolla, Syracuse and Ulysses.
    Complete the application on the cooperative’s website.
  • Submit a one-page resume stating future plans, activities the student participated in, accomplishments, honors, community involvement and employment. Please do not include references.
  • Submit a seventh-semester transcript (official or certified copy) from the student’s high school. Transcripts may be mailed to Pioneer Electric at

Pioneer Electric Scholarship Program
c/o Alyssa Hammond
PO Box 368
Ulysses, KS 67880

Transcripts may also be emailed by a staff member of the student’s school to

  • A brief, five to ten sentence, paragraph detailing why the student would be a good recipient of the scholarship. Space for the paragraph is available within the application.

Students must submit their application no later than 12 P.M. on March 9, 2023 to be considered for this year’s scholarships. Questions about Pioneer Electric’s scholarship program and the 2023 application may be directed to Alyssa Hammond, communications specialist by calling 620-356-1211 or emailing

Stanton County Health Coalition Receives $10,000 Pioneer Electric H.U.G.S. Grant

The Stanton County Health Coalition was awarded $10,000 in grants courtesy of Pioneer Electric’s H.U.G.S. (Helping Us Give to Society) program. Members of the coalition met with Pioneer Electric H.U.G.S. members on Jan. 4. The grant will be used to complete work on the coalition’s walking path project.

“The overall well-being of Stanton County residents is the top priority of the Stanton County Health Coalition,” said coalition member, Jennifer Rios. “The walking path will benefit every resident in the community.”

Rios stated that, in addition to the one-mile walking path, funds have also been raised to include a gazebo, picnic tables and benches along the path.

The walking path will begin at Battin Park and continue through the City of Johnson. It has been designed to accommodate strollers and enable individuals to pass each other.

“Stanton County Health Coalition has created a great opportunity for the community to get outside and enjoy the benefits of this walking path,” said Anita Wendt, Pioneer Electric’s vice president of Energy Services. “Projects like this have a long-lasting impact for their communities and we’re excited to be part of it.”

American Legion Receives $2,900 Pioneer Electric H.U.G.S. Grant

Members of Pioneer Electric’s Helping Us Give To Society (H.U.G.S.) team met with representatives of the American Legion Post 79 on Jan. 4 in Ulysses to present the Legion with a $2,900 grant. Funds from the grant will be used to replace grass at the Veterans Memorial with a rockscape.


“Replacing the grass at the memorial will save the Legion approximately $1,450 per year,” said Kyle Stringham, a member of the Legion. “We’ll be able to use the money saved to make resources available to veterans in Grant County.”


The Legion also hopes to replace a cedar fence along the memorial’s east side.

“We’re proud to partner with the Legion and community of Ulysses on this project,” said Anita Wendt, Pioneer Electric vice president of Energy Services. “Not only will this help the Legion make more of an impact for the veterans in the area, but also bring great improvements to such an honorable monument.”

Funds Pioneer Electric’s H.U.G.S program are generated by recycling scrap materials like aluminum, steel or copper taken from poles no longer in service. Over time, these funds can be substantial. Organizations interested in applying for grant funding through Pioneer Electric’s H.U.G.S. program may review the application and guidelines listed online at