Bedard receives $1,000 MRES¨ Scholarship Matthew Bedard of Vermillion is a recipient of a $1,000 Missouri River Energy Services (MRES¨) scholarship. Bedard is a 2002 graduate from Vermillion High School and plans to attend the University of Montana and major in communications. He is the son of Brian and Sharon Bedard.
MRES, headquartered in Sioux Falls, is a wholesale electric supplier to 56 member communities-including Vermillion- in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Any graduating high school senior whose family is a customer of an MRES member municipal electric system is eligible for one of 10 new MRES $1,000 scholarships awarded annually. The scholarships are renewable by recipients for up to three additional years if they continue to meet certain performance criteria each year.
MRES retained an independent scholarship management company to select the successful applicants. Academic achievement accounted for 50 percent of the selection criteria. The balance of the criteria consisted of a combination of factors including work experiences, activities, awards and honors, and career goals and plans.
Applicants were required to provide a brief narrative about their municipal utility. "While the narratives are not treated as an essay to be judged as part of the scholarship selection process, they provide an opportunity for students to better understand the important role their municipal utilities play in their communities," said MRES Member and Public Relations Director Bill Radio.