Youth Programs

Peter E. Thomassen Scholarship 

The Peter E. Thomassen Scholarship was established in 1990 in honor of the late Peter E. Thomassen for his dedicated years of service to the district. Thomassen served North Central for 36 years before retiring from his position of general manager.

Recipient(s) of the Peter E. Thomassen Scholarship are awarded a designated amount to use towards their academic tuition. To be eligible to be considered for this scholarship applicants must be enrolled in the Utility Line Program at Northeast Community College (NECC) and must be a North Central customer or a dependent of a North Central customer.

North Central encourages individuals who are looking for a rewarding career, enjoy working outdoors, are safety conscious and who like a challenge to consider a career in the electric utility industry. In almost two decades North Central has awarded this scholarship to several recipients who have selected the electric utility industry for their career.

The recipient of the Peter E. Thomassen scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year is Thad Hazen, son of Doyle and LaDonna Hazen of rural Verdigre, NE. Thad was selected by the Board of Directors of North Central PPD to receive the scholarship. He will receive $500 per semester towards his academic tuition at Northeast Community College (NECC) in Norfolk, NE.

Washington D.C. Youth Tour

Once a year, a high school students who has represented North Central Public Power District at the Nebraska Rural Electric Association Youth Energy Camp has the opportunity to compete to be selected by North Central PPD’s Board of Directors to represent North Central PPD on the Washington Youth Tour. This top-notch leadership experience and tour of our nation’s capitol includes meetings with state and national leaders and leadership training, as well as visits to all the major sights. Participants join over 1,500 other students from around the nation for one incredible week in our nation’s capital – a once in a life-time opportunity.

Kaitlin Sukup, daughter of Ron and Val Sukup of Winntoon was selected by the Board of Directors to represent North Central PPD at the National Rural Electrical Cooperative Association (NRECA) Washington D.C. Youth Tour in June 2016. She attended the 2015 NREA Youth Energy Camp which made her eligible to compete for the opportunity to be selected to attend the Washington D.C. Youth Tour in 2016.

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Community / Youth Programs / NREA Youth Energy Leadership Camp

 

Jacob Hoffman, son of David and Donna Hoffman of Plainview, represented North Central Public Power District at the 2019 Youth Energy Leadership Camp. The camp ran from Monday, July 9th to Friday, July 13th at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey. Through interesting workshops, fascinating demonstrations and presentations by regional experts addressing the many issues affecting the rural electric program. Jacob did a great job representing North Central PPD on this tour.

Each year in July North Central PPD, a member of the Nebraska Rural Electric Association (NREA) sponsors three to four students to attend the NREA Youth Energy Leadership Camp held at the State 4-H Camp in the Halsey National Forest. This camp has been held for over 25 years. This camp was organized by NREA with the intentions of educating young men and women grades 9, 10 and 11, about rural electrification and to show them the opportunities for future careers in rural electrification. In addition, those attending camp will have a chance to learn new leadership skills, grow socially and serve as an ambassador to NREA’s Rural Electric National Youth Tour in Washington D.C., make many new friends, and most importantly…HAVE A GREAT TIME!!

This camp is intermingled with

  • A “Get acquainted” party
  • Fun activities such as various sporting activities and tournaments, water games and canoeing
  • Educational sessions and career opportunities
  • A tour of the hydro-electric plant at Lake McConaughy and the facilities at the Sutherland Generation Plant
  • A cookout and sing-along
  • A banquet and awards ceremony
  • A dance
  • And much, much more

North Central PPD also provides the opportunity for one of the students who represent our district at the youth energy camp the chance to be selected to attend the National Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. 

Additional information about the Energy Camp and the National Youth Tour can be found at: 

If you have questions about the NREA Youth Energy Camp please submit your questions to Linda Sokol at linda.sokol@ncppd.net.