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Tillamook PUD has a history of support and partnership with county schools. One example is the Employment for Education program. For more than 40 years, one lucky graduating Tillamook County high school senior will participate in the program. Since the program began in 1965, Tillamook PUD has paid the students over $900,000.
The purpose has always been one of mutually supporting the community, the student and the PUD. What is different about this program is that it is a work program, not a scholarship. The student starts the program immediately following high school graduation. Award recipients work during their school breaks, and the money earned is applied towards tuition and text books.
Hard work is a requirement, as students start by assisting tree trimming and line crews. Tasks include brush clearing, flagging, operation of power-driven equipment and machinery and other tasks as assigned. Students may be assigned in the office performing general office tasks, answering phones and assisting customers.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a resident within the Tillamook PUD service area. The student must be at least 17 years old, have a valid driver's license, graduate with a minimum 3.0 grade average and plan to achieve a two or four-year college degree or technical program certification.
The PUD Board of Directors interviews all applicants and bases its decision on academic achievement, educational/career goals, employment experience, extra-curricular activities, financial need and leadership qualities. An alternate is selected in the event the winning candidate cannot continue with the program.
The program recipient must attend school full time and maintain grades to satisfy college requirements. Failure to attend school will terminate the program.