safety and Education

The Power of Knowledge

Investing in our community is about more than just infrastructure and that’s why we partner with local schools to offer more opportunities to our youth.

Cooperative University

Southern Pine's Cooperative University, held in December, is a fun-filled day for high school juniors within the 11 county service area. These future leaders are nominated by their high school counselors to attend because they demonstrate leadership abilities in their schools. Students participate in interactive leadership activities, learn about electric cooperatives, electric vehicles, learn from Southern Pine linemen and safety experts, and tour dispatch.

Two students are selected each year to participate in the Youth Leadership Program.


Youth Leadership Program

Each year Southern Pine Electric sponsors two high school juniors from within our service area to attend both the Mississippi Youth Leadership Workshop and Washington, D.C. Youth Tour. This program is an excellent opportunity for our youth to become acquainted with electric power associations, learn how cooperatives operate within our region and sharpen their leadership skills.

The Mississippi Youth Leadership Workshop is held in Jackson, Mississippi typically in March. The Washington, D.C. Youth Tour is typically in June. High school principals and guidance counselors are encouraged to nominate two high school juniors from their school who receive electric service from Southern Pine Electric. The students submit an essay on a topic selected by Southern Pine Electric. All nominated students from our service area attend Southern Pine's Cooperative University for a day of fun and learning. Two students are selected from the group to represent Southern Pine in the ECM Youth Leadership Program.


Adopt a School

Southern Pine values our communities and works to keep them strong. One of the ways we achieve this is through the Adopt-a-School program. Every year, Southern Pine chooses a school in its service territory to support in a variety of ways. We work hand-in-hand with teachers and administrators, providing resources and participating in activities.

Each year, at our Annual Meeting, Southern Pine will announce the selection of a new school.


"At Simpson Central School, we are grateful for our partnership with Southern Pine. We appreciate all of their efforts in supporting faculty, staff, and students on our campus. Their commitment to the students through teaching safety and promoting education has been paramount to our school's growth. They have helped expose our students to the cooperative world, showcasing cooperative principles and the importance of being a member in a cooperative.  All of the continued efforts of this partnership will have a profound and lasting impact on our school and community at large."

Dr. Antoinette Harvey-Woodall
Principal, Simpson Central School


Scholarship Program

Scholarships are available through the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi to juniors and seniors in college who are enrolled in engineering programs. Four $5,000 scholarships are awarded each year.

Please contact Donna Richmond at for more information.


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