We've Increased our Amounts!

San Miguel Power now awards up to $51,000 in college scholarships to students who are dependents of SMPA members. We award up to nineteen scholarships to deserving graduating seniors.

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
Mid July......................................   Scholarships Checks Issued to Institutions

The following scholarships are available:

SMPA awards a $3,000 college scholarship to one graduating senior from each of our eight 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. 

- SMPA awards a $3000 scholarship to one graduating senior from each of our eight 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.

- 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.

Through Tri-State, SMPA also purchases wholesale power from Basin 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.

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. (Deadline: Feb. 25, 2023) Please note, this is not an SMPA scholarship. 


Congratulations to the 2022 Scholarship Winners! 

Belen Roof

SMPA $2000 Scholarship
Silverton High School

Jarret Sinks

SMPA $2000  Scholarship
Norwood High School

Keelee Redd

SMPA $2000 Scholarship & Basin Electric $1000,
Nucla High School

Ana Pumayalli

SMPA $2000  Scholarship
Telluride High School

Cutler Connaughton

SMPA $2000 Scholarship
Ridgway High School

Joshua Alexander

SMPA $2000 Vocational Scholarship
Norwood High School

South Livermore

Tri-State Generation & Transmission $500 Scholarship
Telluride High School

Autumn Houtstra

Tri-State Generation & Transmission
$500 Scholarship

Shailah Franklin-Doran

SMPA $2000 Vocational Scholarship
Nucla High School

Charlie Tyler

SMPA $2000 Scholarship
Ouray High School