SDCEA Scholarship Winners

Jacob Monreal
Buena Vista
SDCEA 4-year $2,000 per year

Congratulations to the 17 area students who earned post-high school scholarship awards earlier this spring from Sangre de Cristo Electric Association (SDCEA) for the 2021 to 2022 school year.

Awards were made in February after an application process that closed in January. This year, scholarship awards were granted to students in high schools in Buena Vista, Salida, Cotopaxi, and Custer County. Members or dependents of SDCEA members are eligible to apply for the scholarships. Thirty-seven students applied for awards this year.

One four-year scholarship at $2,000 per year was awarded to Jacob Monreal, a senior at Buena Vista High School. Twelve one-year $2,000 scholarships were awarded from SDCEA. One employee dependent award of $2,000 was granted, one $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Basin Electric was awarded, and two $1,000 scholarships sponsored jointly by Tri-State Generation and Transmission and SDCEA were awarded.

A scholarship committee consisting of SDCEA directors and staff not related to students applying for the scholarships evaluated applications to determine awards. Each applicant’s personal identifying information is redacted prior to the independent review by each member serving on the committee, then brought to the committee as a whole for decision-making.

Subject to the availability of funds, SDCEA may award scholarships each year to assist students in attaining higher education at accredited schools, including students applying for lineworker school. Students who have applied for or received scholarships in previous years are also eligible to apply if they meet eligibility criteria. Application information is posted on our website and made available to area high schools in the company’s service territory in the fall of each year.

One candidate was submitted this year by SDCEA to compete for one of 20 scholarships awarded directly by Basin Electric Power Cooperative to dependent children of employees who work at a Basin Electric member cooperative. Basin serves member cooperatives in nine states, including Colorado. The applicant must submit a separate application for the scholarship, complete an essay, be evaluated and recommended by a teacher or professor for the award, and then be chosen by the SDCEA scholarship committee to advance to Basin for consideration of the scholarship. Basin awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the SDCEA applicant.

Earning Awards

SDCEA 4-year: $2,000 per year

  • Jacob Monreal, Buena Vista

SDCEA $2,000

  • Kimber Saewert, Buena Vista
  • Peter Belt, Cotopaxi
  • Jasmine White, Buena Vista
  • Hannah Rhude, Salida
  • Aja Hogan, Buena Vista
  • Rosston Sherlock, Buena Vista
  • Hayley Maloney, Custer County
  • Atlanta Hargrove, Buena Vista
  • Koylynn Gulliford, Cotopaxi
  • Hannah Volpe, Buena Vista
  • Shealee Coleman, Cotopaxi
  • Hayden McGinnis, Buena Vista

SDCEA Employee Dependent: $2,000

Sage McGinnis, Buena Vista

Tri-state: $500 and SDCEA $500 Matching

  • Kassandra Schell, Buena Vista
  • Keegan Jacoves, Buena Vista

Basin Electric Power Cooperative: $1,000

  • Kenneth Schell, Buena Vista

Basin Electric Employee Dependent: $1,000

  • Hayden McGinnis, Buena Vista

Scholarship Winners