photo of 2015 Youth Rally at class on basic electricity

Scholarship Program

OPALCO Board of Directors proudly sponsors the Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program. Sophomores and Juniors of OPALCO member households can apply for the $1,000 scholarship that include a week at the ICUA Youth Rally, a co-op leadership camp at the College of Idaho.

Youth Scholarship Program

NEWS FLASH! Scholarship Amount is now $1,000 thanks to the generosity of the family of Nourdine Jensen.

Congratulations to our 2017 Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholars (from left): Tenley Nelson, Youth Director (FHHS), Joanne Mietzner (OIHS), Jonathan Doherty (LIHS), Zach Fincher and Jayna Ott (FHHS). Not pictured: Haley Moss (OIHS).










The application process is now closed for 2017. Please read the OPALCO Scholarship Guidebook and Application 2017 .
Applications for 2018 will open for sophomores and juniors in January, 2018.

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Check out a slideshow of past Youth Rally experiences!
Get the program details and application.


Nourdine Jensen served on the OPALCO Board for 37 years, from 1965 to 2008. Jensen was a long-time boat builder and former Friday Harbor town councilman, school board member and Port Commissioner. Sepia portrait of Nourdine JensenHe believed in the cooperative model as a way to bring reliable, affordable electricity for the rural islanders of San Juan County.

In that spirit, the Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Program was established to educate our youth about public power electric co-ops and to give them the opportunity to expand their horizons and to develop leadership qualities.

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