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Operation Round Up funds available in Jackson, Martin counties

Federated members with high school seniors can apply for the Federated Operation Round Up scholarships.

Stock photo of power lines by Markus Spiske on Unsplash.
Stock photo of power lines by Markus Spiske on Unsplash.
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JACKSON — The next deadline for Operation Round Up funds from Federated Rural Electric’s Trust Board will be Feb. 10.

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The program is free and will begin at noon at the Jackson Library, 2 p.m. at the Lakefield Library and 5:30 p.m. at the Heron Lake Library.

Operation Round Up involves about 77 percent of Federated's members in Jackson and Martin Counties, who allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar amount. The "rounded up" change goes into a trust fund. An independent Trust Board, which consists of Federated members, evaluates local funding requests and distributes the funds.

The application form is available at federatedrea.coop, or by contacting 1(800) 321-3520 or info@federatedrea.coop.

Since 1995 Federated's Trust Board has distributed nearly $870,000 to local organizations including senior dining, hospice, schools, fire/ambulance departments and as high school scholarships.

Federated members with high school seniors can apply for the Federated Operation Round Up scholarships. The Trust Board authorized nine $700 scholarships with one for each of the six Federated districts, plus three at-large scholarships so applicants have a second chance. The inserts will go out with the Feb. 3 electric bills.

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Plus, the application is also found on Federated’s website or with school counselors in early February. Scholarship applications are due back by March 31.

Organizations that serve Federated members in Jackson or Martin Counties can request funds for projects involving community service, community leadership programs, disaster relief, environmental programs, youth education and emergency energy assistance.

Federated is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving 6,800 members in Jackson and Martin Counties.

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