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Each year, San Miguel Power awards up to $27,000 in college scholarships to students who are dependents of SMPA members. We award up to sixteen scholarships to deserving graduating seniors.  This year's deadline for completed SMPA/Tri-State and Vocational scholarship applications is March 15.  The Basin Electric Scholarship applications are DUE February 8.


Main Deadline: March 15th 2021

(Basin Deadline: February 8th 2021)


The following scholarships are available for the 2021 School Year:

  • $2,000 San Miguel Power Association Scholarship - SMPA awards a $2,000 college scholarship to one graduating senior from each of our six 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. (Deadline: March 15th)


  • $2,000 San Miguel Power Association Vocational Scholarship - – SMPA awards a $2000 scholarship to one graduating senior from each of our six area high schools, who plan to enter vocational training or trade school. (Only accredited programs that result in a professional certification qualify.) Recipients are judged on appraisals from teachers, employers, or other adult supervisors; community involvement, academic performance and their answers to a standard questionnaire. (Deadline: March 15th)

    - This vocational scholarship requires an Applicant Appraisal to be submitted by a qualified adult. A "qualified adult" is a teacher, coach, counselor, administrator, employer or mentor who is not a relative of the student.  This individual should have experience working with the student in an official capacity. (Deadline: March 15th)


  • $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. Students who apply for the San Miguel Power Scholarship are automatically considered for this scholarship.  (Deadline: March 15th) No additional application is necessary.


  • $1,000 Basin 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. (Deadline: February 8th)


 Typically, the scholarship deadlines follow this schedule:

Early to Mid-October...................   Information about scholarships and applications are posted on
Late January to Early February...  Basin Electric applications are DUE to San Miguel Power
Mid-March...................................  SMPA Scholarship Applications DUE to San Miguel Power
Early April...................................   Scholarship Winners notified
Mid May......................................   Scholarships Awarded


RMEL Scholarship
Looking at a career in engineering, business, information systems, plant, line or distribution technology, line worker or other curriculum related to the electric energy industry? Check out RMEL's Scholarships. Please note, this is not an SMPA scholarship. 


Congratulations to the 2020 Scholarship Winners!

SMPA $2000 Scholarship - Norwood High School and

Basin Electric $1000 Scholarship
Jessica Barkemeyer

SMPA $200 Vocational Scholarship, Norwood High School
Jeffrey Cael Spangler

SMPA $2000 Scholarship - Nucla High School
Chloe Nelson

SMPA $200 Vocational Scholarship, Nucla High School
Christian Josephsen

Tri-State Generation & Transmission $500 Scholarship
Hailey Hibbert

SMPA $2000 Scholarship – Ouray High School
Anna Biolchini

SMPA $2000 Scholarship - Ridgway High School
Adli Gates

Tri-State Generation & Transmission $500 Scholarship
Andrew Winkelmann

SMPA $2000 Scholarship - Silverton High School
Amaris Hamilton

SMPA $200 Vocational Scholarship, Silverton High School
Kyra Maxfield

SMPA $2000 Scholarship - Telluride High School
Ambra Jacobson

SMPA $2000 Scholarship – Telluride Mountain School
Jacqueline Waller





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