Each year, San Miguel Power awards $14,000 in college scholarships to students who are dependents of SMPA members. We award a total of nine scholarships to deserving graduating seniors.
The following scholarships are available:
$2,000 San Miguel Power Scholarship - SMPA awards six $2,000 college scholarships to one graduating senior from each of our area high schools. Recipients are judged on their academic success, written essay, community involvement and leadership skills. This scholarship can be used at any post-secondary accredited institution.
$500 Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Scholarship - Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, SMPA's wholesale power supplier, allows SMPA to award two $500 college scholarships to academically deserving graduating seniors. This scholarship can be used at any post-secondary accredited institution.
$1,000 Basic Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship - Through Tri-State, SMPA also purchases wholesale power from Basic Electric Power Cooperative. SMPA selects one candidate from the member graduation pool and awards a $1,000 college scholarship. SMPA will also select one candidate from the employee/dependent graduation pool and submit his/her name to Basin Electric. The Basin Electric Scholarship Selection Committee will select 20 recipients from the employee/dependent pool which is made up of submissions from all of Basin's member cooperatives. This scholarship can be used at any post-secondary accredited institution.
Scholarship Application Forms
Items that must be included in your application:
- Official transcript of grades
- 250 to 500 word essay (The topic is identified on each application form)
- Two letters of recommendations
Both scholarship applications must be received by San Miguel Power no later than February 19, 2013. Return your applications to:
San Miguel Power Scholarship Committee
Attn: Becky Mashburn
PO Box 1150
Ridgway, CO 81432
or drop your application off at one of SMPA's local offices:
170 West 10th Avenue
Nucla, CO 81424
720 North Railroad Street
Ridgway, CO 81432
The RMEL Foundation offers scholarships to students pursuing an education with the intent to enter the electric energy industry. The RMEL scholarship is awarded to baccalaureate degree seeking students, as well as those entering a craft or certificate program. Applicant must be a high school senior or college undergraduate enrolled in and/or pursuing an undergraduate or associate degree, or an electric utility position certificate at a college with the intent to enter the electric energy industry.
Please note, this is not an SMPA scholarship. All applications must be returned to RMEL prior to March 8, 2013.
Check with the RMEL website for potential scholarships.
For more information and application guidelines visit RMEL's scholarship webpage.
For more information, contact Becky Mashburn (970) 626-5549 ext. 212.