Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Awards $25,000 In Scholarships
June 18, 2015
Fifty students from Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties received a total of $25,000 in scholarship awards from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust.
Students receiving scholarships are Savannah Arnold, Ashley Banze, Taylor Banze, Tanner Bencomo, Kaitlynn Benfield, Max Berry, Kenady Bickel, Grant Bicker, Tanner Bross, Madison Cleveland, Abby Diederich, Annie Drummond, Bailey Fischer, Drake Gens, Victoria Gilbert, Brooke Glore, Sydney Gooch, Madison Grumich, Sasha Haggett, Erin Higgins, Haley Kossman, Alyssa Kraisser, Justin Kurtz, Jedediah Lamping, Haley Lindenbusch, Heather Mallinckrodt, Daniel Nanna, Elizabeth Niederjohn, Tara O'Brien, Brandi Peasel, Kelli Portwood, Kimberly Portwood, Nicholas Purcell, Rachel Reininger, Payton Rhodes, Madison Rothermich, Alexis Russell, Sean Russell, Kara Schrand, Jessica Slaughter, Sarah Stumbaugh, Madeleine Sutherland, Rachel Taylor, Ashley Thompson, Antoinette Ulses, Edan Wensel, Kelsey Wooten, Abigail Wortmann, Collin Wynn and Matt Wynn.
Scholarship funds are donated by Cuivre River Electric members who participate in Operation Round Up by rounding up their electric bill payments each month to the next highest dollar. Since the program began in 1997, more than $885,000 has been awarded to help over 1,860 area students achieve their academic goals.
Students are eligible to be considered if they live in the 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 also 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 their career fields.
In addition to scholarships, Operation Round Up was founded to help address unmet needs in the areas of health, youth, education, home weatherization, community and emergency services that cannot be met with other resources. More than $4.5 million has been awarded to help individuals, families and organizations in the CREC service area since the programs commencement. Operation Round Up applications are available online at www.cuivre.com. The next scholarship deadline is October 1, 2015.
CREC was established by local residents in 1941 to provide electricity in portions of Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties where electricity was not available. The cooperative now serves more than 61,500 homes and businesses. For more information on Operation Round Up and Cuivre River Electric Cooperative visit www.cuivre.com or call 800-392-3709, ext. 230.