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Helping Our Youth Access Higher Education and Training!

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.

The following scholarships are available:

$1,000 Basin Electric Scholarship

(Deadline: February 19, 2024)

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.

Apply here:

 

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$3,000 San Miguel Power Association Scholarship

(Deadline: March 11, 2024)

SMPA awards a $3,000 college scholarship to one graduating senior from each of our eight area high schools (Ouray, Ridgway, Silverton, Norwood, Nucla, Paradox, and Telluride (Telluride High School & Telluride Mountain School)). 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. 

 

Apply here for the SMPA Collegiate Scholarship.

Vocational Scholarship Stamp $3,000 San Miguel Power Association Vocational Scholarship

(Deadline: March 11, 2024)

- SMPA awards a $3000 scholarship to one graduating senior from each of our eight area high schools (Ouray, Ridgway, Silverton, Norwood, Nucla, Paradox, and Telluride (Telluride High School & Telluride Mountain School)), 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.

 

Apply here for the SMPA Vocational Scholarship.

 

Typical Schedule

Typically, the scholarship deadlines follow this schedule:

Early to Mid-October...................   Information about scholarships and applications are posted above.
Mid to late February...  Basin Electric applications are DUE to San Miguel Power
Mid to late February...  Rocky Mountain Electric League applications are DUE
Mid-March...................................  SMPA Collegiate and Vocational Scholarship Applications DUE to San Miguel Power
Early April...................................   Scholarship Winners notified
Mid May......................................   Scholarships Awarded
Mid July......................................   Scholarships Checks Issued to Institutions


Congratulations to the 2023 Scholarship Winners! 

Autumn Sagal

Tri-State $500 Scholarship
Ridgway High School

Jezel Demus

SMPA $3000 Vocational Scholarship
Nucla High School

Paton Edwards

SMPA $3000 Scholarship
Silverton High School

Canyon Ishikawa

Tri-State $500  Scholarship
Ridgway High School

Lisa Sutherland

SMPA $3000 Scholarship
Nucla High School

Selene Rhoades

SMPA $3000 Vocational Scholarship
Silverton High School

Yoselin Hernandez

SMPA $3000 Scholarship & Basin Electric $1000,
Norwood High School

Courtney Southall

SMPA $3000 Scholarship
Norwood High School

Mica Hart

SMPA $3000 Scholarship
Ouray High School

Taylor Holmes

SMPA $3000 Scholarship
Telluride High School