Fri Jan 15th, 2021
Virtual information session slated for Feb. 4
La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) is now accepting applications for nine scholarships for graduating high school seniors – including GED graduates – in its service territory. Scholarships range from $500 to $28,000 and can be used at any accredited school in the United States. Applications are due March 1, 2021 and must be submitted online. Students and parents with questions are invited to join LPEA’s virtual information session on Thursday, February 4th at 6 p.m. Registration details, along with scholarship information and online application forms, are available at: lpea.coop/scholarships
Funds for the LPEA, LPEA/John Voelker Memorial, and Lineman scholarships come from LPEA’s unclaimed Capital Credits. Each year, the co-op endeavors to find “missing” members who are due a share of retired Capital Credits. Those funds unable to be returned to members are then put back into the community – in this case, into college scholarships.
“One of my favorite things about being a non-profit electric cooperative is how much we get to give back to our community,” said LPEA CEO Jessica Matlock. “Every year these scholarships help local students continue their education, either in academic institutions or in trade schools. Many of them have gone on to bright futures, including right here at LPEA.”
Former scholarship recipients currently employed at LPEA include Vice President of Grid Solutions Dan Harms, Systems Engineer Jake Wills, and Energy Resource Engineering Manager Rachel Schur.
LPEA is a member-owned, not-for-profit, electric distribution cooperative serving La Plata and Archuleta, with segments of Hinsdale, Mineral and San Juan counties. LPEA is the fifth largest cooperative of 22 in Colorado, and aims to provide safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost to its approximately 34,500 members. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit lpea.coop.