RMEL Foundation Scholarship


The purpose of the RMEL Foundation is to award scholarships to deserving and qualified students in engineering, business, information systems, plant, line or distribution technology, line worker or other curriculum related to the electric energy industry.

Awards will be made in two categories:

RMEL Foundation Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000-$3,000. See the eligibility requirements below for these scholarships.

RMEL Foundation Named Scholarships. These scholarships are provided by the Foundation in the name of the individual or corporate donor.

The applicant must be a current high school senior, high school graduate or current university/college undergraduate (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior) student. In addition, you must fulfill ONE of the following:

1. Be pursuing or plan to pursue an electric industry position certificate or associate degree at a college (Certificate/Associate Degree) and be able to provide information about the specific program you are or will attend and the accreditation status of the institution.
2. Be pursuing or plan to pursue an undergraduate degree with intent to pursue a career in the electric energy industry.

And, the applicant must:

1. Be a permanent U.S. resident.
2. Complete the online application in its entirety.

Note: If awarded a scholarship the recipient will be asked throughout the remaining years of college to periodically provide RMEL with information including expected graduation date, expected degree, internships, and post-graduate employment.

A Selection Committee of the RMEL Foundation reviews all applications and selects the recipients. The selection criteria are:

  1. Goals and aspirations in the electric energy industry
  1. Motivation to succeed
  1. Service to community and school
  1. Academic performance



There are four 2020 RMEL Foundation Scholarship Applications. Please be sure to read the descriptions below to find the correct application for you.

Note: Completing the incorrect application may affect your eligibility to be considered for a 2020 scholarship. If you are unsure which application to complete, please contact James Sakamoto at jamessakamoto@rmel.org or (303) 865-5544 prior to beginning the application process.

Current High School Senior – if you are currently a high school senior and will be enrolling in a 4-year/baccalaureate degree program for the 2020-2021 academic year, complete this application. Current high school seniors planning to enroll in a 2-year/certificate program, see “2-Year/Certificate Program” application below.

Current 4-Year/Baccalaureate Degree Student – if you are currently enrolled as a freshman, sophomore or junior at a 4-year college/university, complete this application. If you are a current high school senior or have received an RMEL Foundation Scholarship in the past, do not complete this application.

2-Year/Certificate Program Student – if you are currently enrolled (or will be enrolling) in a 2-year/certificate program complete this application.

Previous RMEL Foundation Scholarship Recipient – this application is exclusively for 4-year/baccalaureate AND 2-year/certificate program students who have previously been awarded an RMEL Foundation Scholarship. If you have not previously received an RMEL Foundation Scholarship, please complete one of the applications listed above.

February 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time – Submission deadline for applications
Late April/Early May 2020 – Recipients Notifications

James Sakamoto
RMEL Foundation
6855 S. Havana St, Ste 430
Centennial, CO 80112

Phone: (303) 865-5544
Email: jamessakamoto@rmel.org

RMEL MEMBERS: If your company has built relationships with local universities and high schools, the RMEL Foundation wants to complement those relationships with RMEL Foundation Scholarships! We are here to help engage young talent in your area and connect them to your company. Please send this link to your academic contacts and send us their contact information – we’ll do the rest! You can also send this link to colleagues and friends who have kids or know of students looking for a diverse and exciting career in the electric energy industry. This is an industry primed for invention and technological advances, and new employees with all types of skill-sets are needed!