• Brandon Little named new LPEA Voelker Memorial Scholarship winner


    Scholarship awarded for vocational, technical school or junior college education

    Brandon Little, a graduate of Durango High School, is a new recipient of the John Voelker Memorial Scholarship presented by La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) for vocational, technical school or junior college education.

    LPEA’s John Voelker Memorial Scholarship, $10,000 for two years, remembers former LPEA board member John Voelker, who was instrumental in creating the vocational scholarship. Voelker perished in the Egyptian Air plane crash in October of 1999.

    A soccer player who is actively involved in FFA and 4-H, Little will study diesel mechanics at WyoTech in Laramie, Wyo., and looks forward to a career working on heavy diesel equipment – the larger the machine, the better in his book.

    As Little noted, “As soon as junior year (in high school) hit, so did the pressure. I couldn’t decide: did being a Marine fit me or did diesel mechanic fit me? As it turned out my high school lost the automotive program, and because of that I was able to take automotive classes at Pueblo Community College … I (learned I) was really good at working with my hands, and understanding the different systems came easy for me.”

    Funds for the John Voelker Memorial Scholarship come from LPEA’s unclaimed Capital Credits. Each year, LPEA endeavors to find “missing” members who are due a share of retired Capital Credits. Those funds unable to be returned to members are then put back into the community – in this case, into college scholarships.

    One of the original 2013 Voelker scholarship winners, Seumus McAliney, opted to attend a 4-year institution, which disqualified him for the vocational scholarship, and thus opened the opportunity to Little.

    For further information or for questions regarding future LPEA scholarship opportunities, contact Jeannie Bennett at 970.382.3505, or jbennett@lpea.coop.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with nearly 41,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.

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