Trustees Award $17,000 For Spring Semester
Volunteers serving on the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board recently awarded scholarships to help 34 local undergraduate students pursue their dreams of a college education.
Students receiving scholarships are Ashley Banze, Hannah Basse, Alex Bencomo, Matthew Bencomo, Tyra Bowman, Mikail Brown, Benjamin Bruckerhoff, Stormy Devlin, Hannah Diederich, Dylan Donovan, Kayla Eisenbath, Tiffany Elliott, Kyriana Foster, David Fowler, Eric Fowler, Rachel Franck, Julie Goeglein, Samantha Hamilton, Emily Heidenreich, Jill Jarvis, Abigail Maestas, Amber Mennemeyer, Travis Mertens, Eric Miller, Ashley Oberdieck, Megan Perotti, Gina Pilla, Daniel Raterman, Austin Smith, Douglas Steiert, Andrew Struttmann, Christopher Struttmann, Samantha Twellmann and Kelsey Twiehaus.
Scholarships of $500 each totaled $17,000. These grants increase the number of scholarships to 1,628, which total more than $765,000 since 1997.
When Cuivre River's non-profit trust was founded, education was set as a key goal, along with youth, health, weatherization, emergency services and community services.
The scholarship program helps meet this goal, and is funded with pennies donated through Cuivre River's Operation Round Up. Members participate by rounding up their electric bill payments to the next highest dollar each month.
Students interested in the scholarship program are eligible to be considered if they live in the general Cuivre River Electric Cooperative service area and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while attending undergraduate courses at an accredited university or technical school.
Applicants are asked to provide an official transcript and two letters of recommendation, write a narrative to highlight their academic achievements and state their career goals, and demonstrate a financial need. The scholarship may also be used for adult continuing education courses in applicants' career fields.
The next Cuivre River Electric Community Trust scholarship deadline is Wednesday, May 1st. Additional information on the Operation Round Up scholarship program, eligibility requirements, or to obtain a 2013 Scholarship Application, is provided below or contact Lonnie Tucker at 800.392.3709 ext. 230.
Students Share Their Words Of Gratitude
"It is with much sincerity that I express my gratitude for this scholarship. It's as much a moral support as a financial one. I'm entering my second year of medical school and I know that you are partially responsible for my presence there. Thank you!"
"Thank you very much for selecting me to receive one of your Operation Round Up scholarships. Your kindness and generosity has made an enormous difference in my life. Thank you for helping me and the citizens of our community!"
"I want to thank the Board of Trustees for selecting me for a scholarship, and my fellow Cuivre River members for contributions to Operation Round Up. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
"Thank you for the scholarship I was presented. The money will be a great help and lift a little of the burden off my shoulders. Thank you for accepting my application and for helping other students achieve their dreams of a college education. It truly means so much to us and our families!"
May 1, 2013 is the next deadline for scholarship applicants.