Rocky Mountain Electric League Scholarship

Looking at a career in the engineering, business, information systems, plant, line or distribution technology, line worker or other curriculum related to the electric energy industry? Check out RMEL's 2014 Scholarships.

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. This we are also excited to announce a new scholarship - a $2,500, four-year renewable Wes Perrin Memorial Scholarship.

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.

NEW! $2,500 Wes Perrin Memorial Scholarship NEW!- SMPA will award one deserving local graduate a $2,500, four-year renewable scholarship in honor of James "Wes" Perrin. Perrin was a long time SMPA Board of Director and a passionate advocate for energy efficiency and renewable energy. SMPA's Board established this scholarship in memoriam after Perrin passed away from throat cancer in the spring of 2013. The successful candidate must be passionate about energy and demonstrate their intent to pursue a degree and career in the industry. The scholarship is renewable over the course of four years and will total $10,000.

$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

Download our scholarship applications below.
San Miguel Power and Tri-State Application
Wes Perrin Memorial Scholarship
Basin Electric Application


All scholarship applications must be received by San Miguel Power no later than February 10, 2014. 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

For more information, contact Becky Mashburn (970) 626-5549 ext. 212.