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Avista Scholars

Promoting excellence in math, science, technology & engineering

Avista partners with colleges and universities throughout our three-state service territory to provide several different scholarship opportunities for students. The mission of the Avista Scholars program is to promote excellence in the fields of math, science, technology and engineering, leading students to become innovators, problem solvers and diverse, talented employees of our future.

The following scholarship opportunities are currently available by contacting the respective schools directly. Please note, all scholarship applications must be made through the respective college or university. Avista cannot accept applications.

  • Electrical Engineering Scholarships
  • Management Information Systems Scholarships
  • Line Construction, Civil Engineering Technology & Other Scholarships
  • Service Territory Scholarships

Electrical Engineering Scholarships

Scholarships are available for college juniors and seniors majoring in electrical engineering with an emphasis in power.

Award Criteria

To apply, please contact the university of your choice directly:

Management Information Systems Scholarships

Scholarships are available for college juniors and seniors majoring in Management Information Systems (MIS)

Award Criteria

To apply, please contact the university directly:

Line Construction & Related Fields Scholarships

Bob Smith Memorial Scholarship

The Bob Smith Memorial Scholarship available to students in the line construction (Pre-Apprenticeship Program) and other related fields offered through the Community Colleges of Spokane.

Award Criteria and Programs of Study

To apply, please contact the university directly:

Avista Scholars Service Territory Scholarships

Scholarships available in majors of approved study that relate to Avista’s business operations.

Award Criteria

To apply, please contact the university of your choice directly:


 

Avista Scholars Electrical Engineering Award Criteria
Gonzaga University, Washington State University, University of Idaho

Scholarships are for qualified matriculated students at the junior level in electrical engineering with a power emphasis. Individual scholarships shall be between $500 and $2,000.

Avista pledges to renew the scholarship in the second year for qualified recipients. The university will have the discretion to extend scholarships for no more than a third year for those engineering students who need longer to complete their degree programs.

Scholarships will be given to students who are entering juniors in their major programs, who are strong students, and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better. First preference shall be given to qualified minority and women applicants.

Applicants will need to:

  • demonstrate leadership ability as reflected in a clear statement of personal and professional goals;
  • provide a resume that includes examples of innovation, community service, leadership and project management experience, and related work experience;
  • provide a strong faculty recommendation, or other demonstrations determined by the selection committee.

Recipients of the Avista Scholars scholarship must maintain full-time status (12 credit hours per semester), maintain their current major, and maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Contact the Financial Aid office at the respective university for further information and application materials. 

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Avista Scholars MIS Award Criteria
Eastern Washington University

Scholarships are for qualified matriculated students at the junior level in management information systems (MIS). Individual scholarships shall be between $500 and $2,000.

Avista pledges to renew the scholarship in the second year for qualified recipients. The university will have the discretion to extend scholarships for no more than a third year for those engineering students who need longer to complete their degree programs.

Scholarships will be given to students who are entering juniors in their major programs, who are strong students, and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better. First preference shall be given to qualified minority and women applicants.

Applicants will need to:

  • demonstrate leadership ability as reflected in a clear statement of personal and professional goals;
  • provide a resume that includes examples of innovation, community service, leadership and project management experience, and related wok experience;
  • provide a strong faculty recommendation, or other demonstrations determined by the selection committee.

Recipients of the Avista Scholars scholarship must maintain full-time status (12 credit hours per semester), maintain their current major, and maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Contact the Financial Aid office at the respective university for further information and application materials.
 

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Avista Scholars Bob Smith Memorial Scholarship Award Criteria
Community Colleges of Spokane

The Bob Smith Memorial Scholarship, a part of the Avista Scholar’s program, honors the late Avista Journeyman Lineman Bob Smith who exemplified professional excellence and dedication to community service throughout his career.

Scholarship criteria:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Working toward a degree or certificate in one of the following fields of study:
    --line construction (pre-apprenticeship program)
    --civil engineering technology
    --computer-assisted drafting
    --diesel/heavy duty equipment
    --electrical maintenance and automation
    --power systems maintenance
    --electronics engineering
    --hydraulic and pneumatic automation technology
    --machine shop technology
    --mechanical engineering technology
    --welding and fabrication
  • Preference given to women and minority candidates.

Contact the Financial Aid office at the Community Colleges of Spokane for further information and application materials. 

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Avista Scholars Service Territory Scholarships Award Criteria

The Avista Scholars program at these regional institutions of higher education is intended to assist high school seniors and college undergraduates who are studying in fields related to the operations of our company.

  • Eastern Oregon State College
  • Lewis-Clark State College
  • North Idaho College
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Southern Oregon State College
  • Walla Walla Community College (Clarkston Branch)

Please contact the Financial Aid office at the respective institutions for further information related to the scholarship criteria, preferred fields of study and application materials.

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