The 2020 recipient of the LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship is Blaine Fritz of Gillespie. Fritz is currently enrolled at Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) pursuing the electrical distribution lineman associate in applied science degree.
The scholarship, awarded for the first time in 2011, was endowed by LaVern and Nola McEntire. LaVern served as a co-op lineman for more than 42 years at McDonough Power Cooperative. He and wife Nola set up the scholarship to assist students attending lineworker’s school at LLCC.
The $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an individual who is related to an Illinois rural electric cooperative employee or director; is the son or daughter of an Illinois electric cooperative member; is enrolled in the Lincoln Land lineworker’s school; or has served or is currently serving in the U.S. armed forces or National Guard.