BECi offers fifteen $1,500 scholarships to students

December 4, 2021

DeRidder, LA - This year, Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi), is pleased to offer 15 one-year scholarships, valued at $1,500 each, to students who reside on BECi service lines. The scholarship is open to first-time college students and current college students who meet requirements. The winners will be selected at the BECi Annual Meeting held Saturday, March 27, 2021, by a random drawing. The student does not have to be present to win. Applicants can apply online at www.beci.org or pick up an application at any of the BECi offices or at local high schools. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 5, 2021.

Applicants must be a BECi member or a child or a legal ward of a BECi member who has been a member in good standing for at least 12 consecutive months as of March 1, 2021. The scholarship monies can be used by students to attend, on a full-time basis, any Louisiana accredited institution of higher education. A complete list of requirements can be found at www.beci.org.

This is the 27th annual scholarship offering through BECi. The scholarship funds are not taken from normal operating funds, but from BECi’s Share Program and unclaimed checks. Through legislative changes made in 1993, unclaimed checks were allowed to remain in the scholarship funds to assist students within the BECi service area rather than forwarding the monies to the state’s general treasury fund.

For more information, please call (337) 463-6221 or (800) 367-0275.

BECi Receives Coveted Statewide Safety Award

Feburary 12, 2021

DeRidder— Beauregard Electric was recently recognized by the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives (ALEC) for its outstanding safety performance and for making a public commitment to eliminate on-the-job injuries.

BECi linemen and office employees have worked a total of 1,519 days and over 1.2 million hours without a loss-time accident. BECi has won this award ten times in the past 13 years.

Kevin Turner, BECi general manager, said that workplace safety is something that has always been a cornerstone of the cooperative and was even more so during a tough year after employees worked to restore power after catastrophic back-to-back hurricanes. 

“2020 was a difficult year for our employees,” said Turner. “After Hurricane Laura and Delta, while working long hours for weeks at a time, being away from their families and facing loss and damage to their own homes and property, our team never lost sight of the goal to restore power and normalcy to our members. It would have been easy to cut corners in such a stressful situation but our employees continued to uphold and adhere to the highest standards of safety.”

Eddie Hanks, BECi safety coordinator, who serves on the Safety Committee at ALEC, said the co-op also made a public pledge many years ago to eliminate serious injuries and fatal electrical contacts as part of an initiative launched by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange.

“When we heard about the ‘Commitment to Zero Contacts’ safety awareness campaign, we jumped on it right away,” Hanks said. “We already have an outstanding safety program that really sets the standard for other electric utilities across the country. But we don’t want to rest on our laurels. We want to continue to make our program even better than it already is.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, ALEC presented the safety trophy to the BECi Board of Directors during a recent board meeting. When large gatherings are permitted, the award will be presented to co-op employees.