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Pueblo, CO – April 24, 2018 San Isabel Electric Association publicly announced the recipients of two $5,000 scholarships and 22 $1,000 scholarships at their annual Scholarship Banquet Tuesday evening.

Nearly 100 people packed the John Mall High School cafeteria, in Walsenburg, to hear the announcement.

San Isabel Electric has been awarding scholarships since 2000.
“We are continually impressed with the accomplishments and contributions these young people are bringing to their communities. They’ve worked hard to reach this milestone in their life; we hope San Isabel Electric can help facilitate their future success with a scholarship to further their dreams. Hopefully, we see them back in southern Colorado in the future,” San Isabel Electric General Manager Reg Rudolph said.

Kylie Baudino, of Rye High School and M’Kinna Smith of La Veta High School each accepted the $5,000 San Isabel Electric Powered-Up Scholarships. Baudino and Smith were also recipients of $1,000 San Isabel Electric Scholarships.

The following students were each awarded a $1,000 San Isabel Electric scholarship:

• Taylor Wheeler, Aguilar High School
• Cole Lewis, Branson School
• Hannah Ribarich, East High School, Pueblo, CO
• Molly Felthager, Hoehne School
• Alyssia Trujillo, Hoehne School
• Syerra Trujillo, Hoehne School
• Jacob Yates, Hoehne School
• AriOnna Medina, John Mall High School, Walsenburg, CO
• Abrianna Vialpando, John Mall High School, Walsenburg, CO
• Rachelle Andreatta, La Veta High School
• Olivia Krinsky, La Veta High School
• M’Kinna Smith, La Veta High School
• Joseph Archuleta, Primero High School
• Alysia Baca, Primero High School
• Keely Fisher, Pueblo West High School
• Wyatt Hunter, Pueblo West High School
• Dalton Rudolph, Pueblo West High School
• Kylie Baudino, Rye High School
• Emma Romine, Rye High School
• Dalton Strickland, Rye High School
• Cisco Felthager, Trinidad High School
• Carlee Garrison, Trinidad High School

As the San Isabel Electric Board of Directors interviewed the finalists for the Powered-Up scholarship, the talent each finalist possessed was so pronounced, the Board approved an additional scholarship of $1,500 for the third runner up, resulting in a total of $2,500 in scholarship funding for Hannah Ribarich from East High School in Pueblo, Colorado.

A total of 36 students applied for San Isabel Electric scholarships. The San Isabel Electric Board of Directors scored the applicants based on their eligibility and completeness of their application, as well as their answers to a 500-word-essay about the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy, eligibility and completeness of their application.

To be eligible for the scholarship, the applicant’s parent or legal guardian must currently be receiving electric service from San Isabel Electric and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. To complete the application, students were required to use the San Isabel Electric application form, provide a high school transcript and a letter of recommendation.