Lineworker Scholarship

Lineworker Scholarship

Salem Electric Lineworker Scholarship

Salem Electric is offering a $3,000 scholarship to pursue a career in the field of electrical linework by attending the Vocational Outside Line Training Academy (VOLTA) or the Northwest Lineman College. 


Scholarship Criteria

  • Salem Electric’s Lineworker Scholarship is available for members and/or applicants whose parent or guardian is a current member of Salem Electric. 
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of enrollment in a line college program and hold a high school diploma or GED.
  • Applicants must meet the entrance requirements of the designated school before applying for SE’s scholarship. 
  • Salem Electric employees, directors, members of the Scholarship Committee, and their respective families are not eligible to apply.
Man by Truck
Salem Electric groundman, Dane, graduate of VOLTA.

Scholarship Information


Opportunity to Job Shadow: Qualifying candidates will have an opportunity to job shadow Salem Electric’s line crew for half a day prior to their interview with the selection committee.

Selection: A selection committee will interview qualified candidates and select the scholarship recipient. Applicant must be available for a personal interview via ZOOM meeting or in the office at Salem Electric, located at 633 7th Street NW, Salem OR 97304. Applicants will be notified of the date and time of their interview once candidates have been selected for interviews.

Award: Scholarship awards will be sent directly to the lineworker school on behalf of the recipient. Funds must be used for tuition. If the recipient of the scholarship terminates the program prior to the end of the funding period, the school will refund the remaining unused portion of the scholarship to Salem Electric.

Duration: Salem Electric’s lineworker scholarship must be used within 24 months of being awarded.

Duties: Scholarship recipients may be asked to attend a board meeting or Salem Electric’s annual meeting to be recognized for their award.

Requirements and Guarantees: Except for the requirements outlined above, no obligations will be imposed upon the scholarship recipient. Scholarship recipients are not required to work at Salem Electric following their training, nor does Salem Electric guarantee positions. Other than payment of the scholarship, Salem Electric assumes no obligations or liability.

How To Apply

How To Apply


  • Submit a completed application packet by email to or drop off your completed packet at Salem Electric, 633 7th Street NW, Salem, OR 97304. Application and documentation should be neat, typed, and grammatically correct.
  • Submit an official copy of your high school transcripts or GED.
  • Provide three letters of recommendation. One recommendation letter must be from an instructor or counselor at the educational institution you currently or formerly attended. The second letter must be from a community member. The third letter can be from a personal reference who is 18 years or older.
  • Submit a 250-500 word statement describing why you are a good candidate for the lineworker scholarship which includes why are you interested in pursuing a career as a lineworker, what skills you have that you believe would carry over into the lineworker field, and a description of your short and long-term goals and how you plan to achieve them.