Tom Bovitz Memorial Scholarship

This program was created as a public relations tool to increase the awareness of public power and create goodwill in our city for your utility. The scholarship fund is split into various prizes and awarded to essay contest winners who plan to attend a post-secondary educational institution.


  • To give something back to the community.
  • To increase awareness of public power.


The scholarship fund is split into $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, and $500 scholarships, and awarded to essay contest winners who plan to attend a post-secondary education institution. For more information and to apply, please visit: Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA)

Tom Bovitz Scholarship Winner

Guidelines for Submission

Because decisions by judges and disqualifications according to the guidelines are final, entrants should read and follow these guidelines closely:

  • Entries are to interpret one or more aspects of the theme, “Municipal utilities: good for all of us.” This applies to municipal electric and natural gas utilities. Judges will look particularly for originality and the relevance of the theme to the writer and his/her city.
  • High school seniors are eligible. Those eligible must be, or have as a legal guardian, a customer of an MMUA-member municipal electric or gas utility.
  • Essays are to be original and from 500 to 750 words, typed and double-spaced.
    All essays should include a cover page, with the writer’s name and address.
  • Deadline for submitting essays to the City of North St. Paul is March 25, 2020. The City will then submit them to the MMUA by April 15, 2020. Entries shall be submitted to the governing body of the municipal utility. (The local governing body may appoint a separate individual or group to judge entries.) The local governing body will send the winning essay to MMUA for entry into the statewide contest.
  • A committee of MMUA members will select the winners, with an announcement by mid-May.
    An independent person or body may be designated to select the winner of the local essay. If there is an independent body selecting the winner and they do not know who wrote which essay, relatives of utility personnel are eligible to enter the contest.
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