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Scholarships

Each year, San Miguel Power awards up to $27,000 in college scholarships to students who are dependents of SMPA members. We award up to sixteen scholarships to deserving graduating seniors.

The following scholarships are available:

  • $2,000 San Miguel Power Association 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.

 

  • $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.

     

  • $500 Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Scholarship - Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, SMPA's wholesale power supplier, allows SMPA to award two $500 college scholarships to academically deserving graduating seniors. This scholarship can be used at any post-secondary accredited institution. Students who apply for the San Miguel Power Scholarship are automatically considered for this scholarship.  No additional application is necessary.
     
  • $1,000 Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship - Through Tri-State, SMPA also purchases wholesale power from Basic 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.

 Typically, the scholarship deadlines follow this schedule:

Early to Mid-October...................   Information about scholarships and applications are posted on www.smpa.com→Community Programs→Youth Programs→Scholarships.
Late January to Early February...  Scholarship applications are DUE to San Miguel Power
Early April...................................   Scholarship Winners notified
Mid May......................................   Scholarships Awarded
Mid June.....................................   Scholarships Winners invited to a presentation at the SMPA Annual Meeting

 

RMEL Scholarship
Looking at a career in the 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. 

 

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