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As your local electrical cooperative, San Miguel Power Association understands the importance of helping our member/owners further the education of the youth in the communities that we serve.

Each year, San Miguel Power awards up to $33,000 in college and vocational scholarships to students who are dependents of SMPA members. We award up to seventeen scholarships to deserving graduating seniors.

Thanks to the Telluride Foundation for the administration of the College and Vocational scholarships.




The following scholarships are available:

  • $2,000 San Miguel Power Association Collegiate 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


  • $1,000 Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship - As a member of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, SMPA is able to select one candidate from the member graduation pool and award a $1,000 college scholarship. This scholarship can be used at any post-secondary accredited institution


RMEL Scholarship
Looking at a career in 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. 


Congratulations to the 2022 Scholarship Winners!

SMPA $2000 Scholarship,
Silverton High School

Belen Roof

SMPA $2000 Scholarship,
Telluride High School
Ana Pumayalli

Tri-State Generation & Transmission $500 Scholarship
Autumn Houtstra
SMPA $2000 Scholarship,
Norwood High School
Jarret Sinks
SMPA $2000 Scholarship,
Ridgway High School
Cutler Connaughton
SMPA $2000 Vocational Scholarship, Nucla High School
Shailah Franklin-Doran

SMPA $2000 Scholarship,
Ouray High School
Charlie Tyler

SMPA $2000 Vocational Scholarship, Norwood High School
Joshua Alexander
SMPA $2000 Scholarship & Basin Electric $1000, Nucla High School
Keelee Redd
                                                                Tri-State Generation & Transmission $500 Scholarship
South Livermore




 Typically, the scholarship deadlines follow this schedule:

Early to Mid-October...................   Information about scholarships and applications are posted above.
Late January to Early February...  Basin Electric applications are DUE to San Miguel Power
Mid-March...................................  SMPA Scholarship Applications DUE to San Miguel Power
Early April...................................   Scholarship Winners notified
Mid May......................................   Scholarships Awarded



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