Scholarship Winners Announced

Dependents of Sangre de Cristo Electric Association members recently competed for scholarships provided by SDCEA and in conjunction with power suppliers Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association and Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

Twenty-nine applications were considered for one four-year scholarship at $2,000 per year and 11 scholarships for one year of $2,000 each. In addition, one $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Basin Electric and two $1,000 scholarships sponsored jointly by Tri-State and SDCEA were awarded.

A scholarship committee consisting of SDCEA directors and employees evaluated applications to determine awards — a very difficult task considering the quality of applications submitted.

  • Lilli Schultz, Buena Vista High School, received the four-year scholarship at $2,000 a year.
  • Lynzi Doke of Buena Vista High School was awarded a $2,000 employee dependent scholarship.

Winners of a one-year, $2,000 scholarship were Hayden McGinnis, Dylan Taylor-Brunell, Matthew Linza, Julianna Lopez, Riley Taft, Gracie-Faith Johnson and Emily Pedrin, all of Buena Vista High School; Kyla Baisden, Cotopaxi High School; Levi Green, Cañon City High School; Megan Frahm, Custer County High School; Caleb Richardson of Salida High School; Katlyn Freeburg of Custer County; and Mira Carlson of Chaffee County.

Two $1,000 scholarships sponsored jointly by Tri-State and SDCEA were awarded to Anna Gabriel of Buena Vista High School and to Nicole Henrich, Chaffee County High School.

The committee awarded the $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Basin Electric to Bryce Allen, Lake County High School.

SDCEA is a nonprofit, rural electric cooperative that provides electric service to more than 12,000 consumer-members in Lake, Chaffee, Fremont, Custer and Saguache counties.

Subject to the availability of funds, SDCEA may award scholarships each year to assist worthy students in attaining higher education. Application information is posted on SDCEA’s website, and made available to area high schools in the company’s service territory each year during the fall.