Scholarship awards top $1 million mark

Scholarship awards top $1 million mark

Operation Round Up has hit another milestone this year.

The program has surpassed the $1 million mark in the amount of scholarship funds awarded to students furthering their educational careers at a university or technical school. Earlier this year, Cuivre River Electric Cooperative celebrated reaching $5 million donated by members since Operation Round Up was launched in 1997.

The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust has awarded 2,095 scholarships totaling $1,036,500 to undergraduate students attending accredited universities or technical schools, and students seeking to continue their education.

“We are excited to reach this milestone, and gratified by the continuing support of Cuivre River members,” said Mary Jane Clark, Manager of Communications. “These scholarships have made a difference to thousands of students who are anxious to make a difference, too.”

This year, 70 students from Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties received a total of $52,500 in scholarship awards from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust. Each student will receive a $750 scholarship. More than 130 applications were received.

To be eligible for consideration, students must 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.

Scholarships are awarded each June. The next application deadline is May 1, 2018.

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. The funds, administered by a seven-member volunteer Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board, are available to help individuals, families and organizations.

The goal of Operation Round Up is to help address needs in the areas of health, education, home weatherization, youth, community and emergency services that cannot be met with other resources.

For more information on Operation Round Up call 800-392-3709, ext. 4837, or email

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