SCEC Awards $16,500 to 18 Scholarship Recipients
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St. Croix Electric Cooperative Awards $16,500 to Local Students
Co-op approaching $250,000 awarded to local seniors via Continuing Education Scholarships
HAMMOND, Wis., MAY 16, 2016 – With a record number of applications to review, a panel of St. Croix Electric Cooperative members selected 18 local high school seniors to receive Continuing Education Scholarships. Since 1981, SCEC has awarded nearly $250,000 to local seniors, including $16,500 in 2016.
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 former members can be used for educational and charitable purposes, such as scholarships. In 1981, SCEC directors decided to start 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, nearly $250,000 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.
“Every year, the scholarship review committee spends hours reviewing applications and narrowing down the stack to just a few students. This year marked the most applications we’ve received in recent memory and, if anything, the quality of applications rose, as well,” SCEC Chairman of the Board Bill Peavey said. “We congratulate the Class of 2016 on their accomplishments and wish all applicants the best of luck as they continue their educational pursuits next fall.”
Scholarship recipients were also recognized at the 79th Annual Meeting of Members on April 16. Students receive their scholarship once they provide proof of enrollment for the Fall 2016 semester. Recipients by school are:
Kellie Kjeseth, daughter of Lindy & Michael Kjeseth
Gabrielle Chapin, daughter of Wes & Tiffany Chapin | 2015 Youth Leadership Congress attendee
Megan Jacobson, daughter of Greg & Mary Jacobson | 2014 Youth Leadership Congress attendee
Kevin Catts, son of Brett & Renee Catts
Kathryn Keller, daughter of Casey & Joy Keller
Kyle Levra, son of Ken & Nancy Levra
Abigail Kahler, granddaughter of Gloria Kahler
Ellen Lindquist, daughter of David & Linda Lindquist
Kaitlyn McKenzie, daughter of Tammy & Jerry McKenzie
Bryan Sengbusch, son of Joel & Brynda Sengbusch
Leah Sutter, daughter of Denise Sutter & the late Jim Sutter
Elizabeth Blattner, daughter of Darian & Jane Blattner
James Elkin III, son of Jim & Jackie Elkin
Lauren Ferguson, daughter of Roger & Jessica Ferguson
Becky Fesenmaier, daughter of Bill & Karen Fesenmaier
ST. CROIX CENTRAL
Jami Ruvelson, daughter of Kandi Ruvelson
Hailey Schultz, daughter of Cindy & Joel Schultz
TRINITY SCHOOL AT RIVER RIDGE
Rico Lorenz, son of Eric & Rebecca Lorenz
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 1,760 miles of distribution lines that power nearly 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 www.scecnet.net, and on social media: @StCroixElecCoop (Twitter) and St. Croix County Energizer (Facebook).