Our Community & Member Programs

What makes Cherryland unique? Learn about the programs that give back to our communities, how you can get involved in your cooperative and much more.

Cherryland Cares

Lending a Hand to Nonprofits

While we could all use a little help sometimes, some of us need it more than others. That's why we established Cherryland Cares—it's our way of lending a hand to northern Michigan nonprofits doing good work in our local communities.

What is it?

Cherryland Cares is overseen by a group of volunteer members who review grant applications and allocate funds to the nonprofit organizations seeking assistance. Since it's an all-volunteer board, 100% of the money donated goes right back into the community.

How Does It Work?

It works because of you! Each month, when you choose to round up your electric bill to the nearest dollar, that money goes into the Cherryland Cares fund. And every month, we're blown away by how many members tell us to go ahead and charge them a little bit extra. Did you know that in the last five years alone, you've given $250,000 to deserving nonprofit groups in our northern Michigan communities?! Groups like Father Fred, Benzie Habitat for Humanity and Rainbow House of Hope have all received Cherryland Cares money to continue their important work in our community.


Want to donate some quarters and dimes to Cherryland Cares and help out local nonprofits? Call (231) 486-9200, email cec@cherrylandelectric.coop, or sign up through SmartHub for the program today!


If you represent a nonprofit organization serving our region, contact Shannon Mattson at (231) 486-9234 or smattson@cherrylandelectric.coop to find out more about applying for a grant.

Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

There’s No Telling How Youth Tour Will Inspire You

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders. We want to equip Cherryland’s youth with the skills they will need to lead our community into the future.

Each year, we sponsor two students from local high schools to represent Cherryland on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour; a once-in-a-lifetime, all-expenses-paid leadership travel opportunity to Washington, D.C. From the battlefields of Gettysburg to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C., Youth Tour explores the leadership lessons of our nation’s history and immerses students in the cooperative spirit.

Student Scholarships

Powering Communities, Empowering People

Commitment to community is one of our guiding cooperative principles. We know that one of the best investments a community can make is in education. Every year we help youth and adults in our service territory as they build the skills that our community needs to be ready to meet future challenges.

High School Senior Scholarships

Cherryland offers three $4,000 ($1,000 for 4 years) college scholarships to high school seniors each year. Selection for the scholarship is based on academics, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant’s parents or legal guardians must be a Cherryland Electric Cooperative member.

Applicant must be a high school senior with a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

To continue to receive the scholarship, the student must maintain a minimum college course load of 12 credits per term and receive a 2.5 grade point average.

Apply for a Student Scholarship

Ready to apply for your student scholarship? Download the application to get started!

Adult Scholarships

Cherryland offers two $1,000 adult education scholarships each year. Selection for the adult scholarship is based on need.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must be a Cherryland Electric Cooperative member.

Applicant must be enrolled in college classes.

Apply for an Adult Scholarship

If you're interested in an adult scholarship, download the application and start today!


Advocating for You

In 1935, nine out of ten rural homes didn’t have electricity. And, nine out of ten urban homes did. This disparity led farmers across the nation to enlist the help of their legislators to create the national electric cooperative program

Today’s electric co-op members are the beneficiaries of the hard work of those early advocates. And, you are the torchbearers for the generations who will come next.

The Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE) is the political action committee of the nation’s electric cooperative members. ACRE supports candidates for office who will speak for and protect the interests of electric cooperative members—safe, reliable, affordable power for rural Americans.

Over 30,000 co-op members and advocates across the country contribute to ACRE and hundreds of them live right here in the Grand Traverse region. You can join them by contributing as little as $2.08 per month on your electric bill.

For more information about signing up for ACRE, contact Rachel Johnson at rjohnson@cherrylandelectric.coop or (231) 486-9275.

Community Presentations

Cherryland’s team of specialists is available to give interesting and informative presentations to schools, civic clubs, or other organizations about industry trends, the co-op business model, electricity 101, and our popular electric safety demo.

Safety Demonstrations

We take safety seriously. That’s why we want to make sure all of our members, young and old, know how to be safe around electricity.

In our 45-minute safety demo, we answer questions about:
• How electricity works
• How we move it around the country to get it to homes and businesses
• How to be safe around electricity

We utilize two “hot wire” demonstration units. Our trailer model is available for outside demonstrations and works great for fire departments and civic groups. Our tabletop model is perfect for classroom presentations.

All presentations are a free service to the community. For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Rachel Johnson at (231) 486-9275 or rjohnson@cherrylandelectric.coop.