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As your local electrical cooperative, San Miguel Power Association understands the importance of helping our member/owners further the education of the youth in the communities that we serve.

Each year, San Miguel Power awards up to $33,000 in college and vocational scholarships to students who are dependents of SMPA members. We award up to seventeen scholarships to deserving graduating seniors.

Thanks to the Telluride Foundation for the administration of the College and Vocational scholarships.  Apply to either (not both) below.




The following scholarships are available:

  • $2,000 San Miguel Power Association Collegiate 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 14, 2022 



  • $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 14, 2022


  • $1,000 Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship - As a member of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, SMPA is able to select one candidate from the member graduation pool and award a $1,000 college scholarship. This scholarship can be used at any post-secondary accredited institution
    The Application Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, Feb. 7th, 2022
Basin Scholarship Application (for print) Basin Scholarship Application (fillable PDF)


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 2021 Scholarship Winners!

SMPA $2000 Scholarship -
Silverton High School

Daniela Acosta

SMPA $2000  Scholarship,
Telluride High School
Kaitlyn Almoney

Tri-State Generation & Transmission $500 Scholarship
Samantha Almoney
SMPA $2000  Scholarship,
Norwood High School
Jenna Baugh
SMPA $2000  Scholarship,
Ridgway High School
Maisy Gardiner
SMPA $2000 Vocational Scholarship, Telluride High School
Juan Flores

SMPA $2000 Scholarship -
Ouray High School
Cliona Pasek

SMPA $2000 Vocational Scholarship, Norwood High School
Cassidy Petersen
SMPA $2000 Vocational Scholarship, Nucla High School
Sam Puderbaugh
Tri-State Generation & Transmission $500 Scholarship
Cailen Tougher

Basin Electric $1000 Scholarship - Telluride High School
Sophia Watkins

SMPA $2000 Scholarship –
Nucla High School
Tyler Wytulka



 Typically, the scholarship deadlines follow this schedule:

Early to Mid-October...................   Information about scholarships and applications are posted above.
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



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