All high school seniors, including home school students, who receive their electricity from LPEA are eligible to apply for the variety of college scholarship and awards available through the cooperative. Deadline for application is Monday, March 2, 2020.
LPEA directly offers the LPEA Scholarship (four-year) and LPEA/John Voelker Memorial Scholarship (two-year), per LPEA Board of Directors policies No. 411 and 416, plus provides for additional affiliated rural electric scholarships/awards offered by Tri-State Generation and Transmission and Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
Specifically, LPEA will award two, four-year scholarships (140 credit hours) for students attending any college or university beginning with the 2020 academic year. LPEA will cover tuition, books and fees, up to $28,000 over four years, given that the students maintain minimum qualifications.
The LPEA/John Voelker Memorial Scholarship recognizes two students attending accredited vocational schools, technical schools or junior college. This two-year scholarship covers fees, books, tools and supplies up to $10,000 over two years, per student.
Funds for the LPEA and LPEA/John Voelker Memorial Scholarships come from LPEA’s unclaimed Capital Credits. Those funds unable to be returned to members are then put back into the community – in this case, into college scholarships.
To assist high school seniors and their parents with the application process for college scholarships available through LPEA, the cooperative will host a special Open House, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at LPEA’s Bodo Park headquarters (45 Stewart St., Durango). LPEA staff members will be on-hand to answer any questions. No reservations necessary and copies of all applications will be available.