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20 Students Awarded $18,000 in Scholarships


Dana Bolwerk, communications & events coordinator, 715-796-7000, ext. 613
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Click here for the Class of 2017 feature from the May 2017 Energy Lifestyles Newsletter


St. Croix Electric Cooperative Awards $18,000 to Local Students


HAMMOND, Wis., MAY 22, 2017 – May is an exciting time for local high school seniors as they prepare for graduation. In the days leading up to graduation, many students are also recognized with scholarships to be used toward their continuing education. In 2017, a panel of St. Croix Electric Cooperative members selected 20 local high school seniors to receive $18,000 in Continuing Education Scholarships. Since 1981, SCEC has awarded more than $260,000 to local seniors who are the dependents of SCEC members.


Selection for scholarships includes consideration for accomplishments in academics, community involvement, cooperative knowledge, scholastic activities, demonstration of leadership and financial need. The scholarship program is divided into two categories: technical schools (one- or two-year programs), $500; and four-year institutions, $1,000.


Under State law, unclaimed capital credits from Cooperative members can be used for educational and charitable purposes, such as scholarships. In 1981, SCEC created a scholarship program, funded by unclaimed capital credits. They selected Federated Youth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable foundation serving approximately 70 member cooperatives in Wisconsin, to manage the unclaimed capital credits fund. Since then, more than $260,000 in scholarships have been awarded to local high school seniors who are dependents of SCEC members and planning to attend a one-, two- or four-year college or program following graduation.


“Being able to reinvest unclaimed capital credits into continuing education for local youth is an annual example of the Cooperative Difference,” SCEC Chairman of the Board Bill Peavey said. “The Class of 2017 is one that our members can be proud of. We wish all local students best of luck as they start new chapters in their lives – whether they are choosing to work or attend college.”


Throughout May, SCEC directors and employees either attended local high school awards ceremonies or personally presented certificates to each of the scholarship recipients. Students will receive their scholarship checks once they provide proof of enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester. Recipients by school are:




Caroline Dobson, daughter of Dennis & Jean Dobson

Katherine Ellis, daughter of Jeff & Diane Ellis

Brooke Mikla, daughter of Mark & Sue Mikla

Zachariah Walker, son of Todd & Susan Walker



Allen Kobernick, son of Barry & Penny Kobernick



Kelsey Magsam, daughter of Kerry & Darla Magsam



Andrew Burns, son of Annette & Michael Burns

Katelyn Ellstrom, daughter of Gail & Jason Jung; Greg & Sara Ellstrom

Jamison Wirth, son of Don & Carrie Wirth



Carter Hagen, son of Matt & Marie Hagen

Allison Hamholm, daughter of Nathan & Elizabeth Moe; Brian Hamholm

Hannah Meisner, daughter of Shane & Candy Meisner



Andrew Armitage, son of Justin & Missy Armitage

Ellen Coggio, daughter of Bill & Grace Coggio

Andre Dusek, son of Allen & Nita Dusek



Michelle Schmitt, daughter of John & Kathleen Schmitt



Matthew Brandeen, son of Steve & Rita Brandeen

Mallory Miles, daughter of John Miles & Pamela Miles

Trevor Nelson, son of Glen Nelson

Michael Sauer, son of Christine & Thomas Sauer


About St. Croix Electric Cooperative

St. Croix Electric Cooperative (SCEC) was incorporated on Nov. 5, 1937, as a result of five farmers determined to bring electricity to rural St. Croix County, Wis. On May 24, 1939, electricity was delivered to the first account. Today, the Cooperative operates 1,772 miles of distribution lines that power 11,000 meters. SCEC helps members realize the Cooperative Difference through Commitment to Community grants, scholarships, rebates, and solutions to conserve and use energy wisely. More information is available online at, and on social media: @StCroixElecCoop (Twitter) and St. Croix County Energizer (Facebook).



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