La Plata Electric Association names college scholarship recipients
Academic achievements of eight area high school seniors recognized
DURANGO, Colo. – The 2018 scholarships presented annually by La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) to high school graduates within its service territory in Durango and La Plata counties, have been announced by the cooperative.
Shealynn Baca, a 2018 graduate of Durango High School, and Carson Grose, a 2018 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, have received the 34th Annual LPEA College Scholarships, four-year scholarships (up to $7,000 annually or $28,000 total for tuition, books and fees). Baca will major in engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Grose, while not finalizing his college selection, will study civil engineering.
LPEA’s 18th Annual John Voelker Memorial Scholarships – $10,000 for two years for vocational, technical school or junior college – go to Joshua Crawford, a graduate of Colorado Connections Academy, and Gabriella Chiles, a graduate of Ignacio High School.
Crawford will attend San Juan College in Farmington to pursue a career in mechanics, and Chiles will also attend San Juan College to study occupational therapy.
Trevor Bryant is the recipient of the 2nd Annual LPEA Lineman Scholarship. A 2018 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, he will train for a career as a lineman at Western Colorado Community College. Bryant is the son of LPEA Serviceman and Journeyman Lineman Nathan Bryant.
Hailey Rose, also a graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, received the $1,000 Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship. Crowder will attend Colorado State University, Fort Collins to study zoology.
Bayfield High School graduate Sophie Turner and Animas High School graduate Isabella Simpson each received $500 scholarships from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. Turner intends to pursue engineering at Fort Lewis College. Simpson will advance her education in the biomedical field at the University of Denver.
Seventy local high school seniors submitted applications in 2018 for the available scholarships.
“There are so many qualified students, but we have only so many scholarships,” said Jeannie Bennett, coordinator of LPEA’s scholarship process. “All of our scholarship recipients are great students with exciting potential. At LPEA we are proud to be able to offer these educational opportunities.”
Funds for the LPEA and John Voelker Memorial Scholarships come from LPEA’s unclaimed Capital Credits. Each year, LPEA endeavors to find “missing” members who are due a share of retired Capital Credits or Patronage Capital. Those funds unable to be returned to members are then put back into the community – in this case, into college scholarships.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Tri-State Generation and Transmission grant the additional cash awards.
For further information or for questions regarding future scholarship opportunities, contact Jeannie Bennett at 970.382.3505, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 31,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 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.