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  • La Plata Electric names college scholarship recipients

    5/15/2011

    Academic achievements of five area high school seniors recognized

    DURANGO, Colo. – Recipients of the 2011-2012 La Plata Electric, John Voelker Memorial, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and the Tri-State Generation and Transmission scholarships have been announced by La Plata Electric Association (LPEA).

    Julia Nass, a 2011 graduate of Durango High School, has been awarded the 27th Annual LPEA College Scholarship, a four-year scholarship (up to $5000 annually or $20,000 for tuition, books and fees) to any college or university. Nass will attend Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., with an academic focus on environmental science and international business. She is the daughter of Allan Nass and Sarah Sumner of Durango.

    Kelsie McNutt, a 2011 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School and daughter of Michele Miller and Larry McNutt, has been awarded LPEA’s John Voelker Memorial Scholarship for vocational, technical school or junior college. She will pursue her Associates of Applied Science in Culinary Arts at the Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nev.

    McNutt is the 11th recipient of LPEA’s John Voelker Memorial Scholarship, named after LPEA board member John Voelker, who was instrumental in creating the scholarship that awards up to $3,000 per year to students planning to attend a vocational, technical school or junior college. Voelker perished in the Egyptian Air plane crash in October of 1999.

    Danielle Pajak, a 2011 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School and daughter of Chester and Margaret Pajak, received the $1,000 Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship. At the University of Dallas, Irving, Tex., she intends to pursue a career as a Pharmacist.

    Garrett Allen, a 2011 graduate Bayfield High School and son of Gordon and Brenda Allen, and Garrett Stoll, a 2011 graduate of Pagosa Springs High School and son of Mike Stoll and Anne Lincoln, each received $500 scholarships from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. Garrett Allen will attend Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. and pursue a career in chemical engineering. Garrett Stoll will study physics and education at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

    “We had a tremendous response to our call for applications this year,” said Jeannie Bennett, coordinator of LPEA’s scholarship process. “All of our scholarship recipients are great students with exciting potential. At LPEA we are proud to be able to offer these educational opportunities to help build for the future.”

    Scholarships offered through LPEA are awarded annually, selected by a volunteer committee representing communities within the cooperative’s service territory. The 2011 committee included Lon Erwin and Sheri Rochford Figgs (Durango), Tammy Nickell (Bayfield), Dr. Roy Lyons (Ignacio) and Julie Simmons (Pagosa Springs).

    In addition to their financial awards, scholarship recipients have the opportunity to attend the week-long electric cooperative summer Leadership Camp. Scholarship winners are also asked to attend the LPEA Annual Meeting as well as a regularly scheduled LPEA board meeting to personally meet the directors.

    For further information or for questions regarding future scholarship opportunities, contact Jeannie Bennett at 970.382.3505, or jbennett@lpea.coop.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 40,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.

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