For immediate release:
12:00 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2021

San Isabel Electric will award their first ever Continued Education and First-to-Attend Scholarships this year.

The Continued Education Scholarship is awarded to students who have been out of high school for a minimum of two years and are planning to attend an accredited institute in higher education.

The Frist-to-Attend Scholarship is awarded to students who will be the first person in their immediate family planning to attend their first year of higher education at an accredited college or university.

Over the years, these scholarships were added to provide opportunities to a wider range of individuals. San Isabel Electric recognizes that students come from a variety of backgrounds. The addition of these scholarships helps to make sure that all individuals who desire to pursue higher education can do so.

The first recipients of these scholarships are:

$1,000 First-to-Attend Scholarship recipients:

Lawrence Indgjer, Rye High School
Lauren Romero, John Mall High School

$1,000 Continued Education Scholarship recipients:

Dalton Strickland, Rye High School
Sarah Pacheco, John Mall High School

The San Isabel Electric Board of Directors scored the applicants based on their resume, cover letter, letters of recommendation, their answer to a 300-word essay, as well as the format, grammar, and punctuation of their overall application.

“Education is one of San Isabel Electric’s top values. It is a privilege to have the resources to award so many scholarships year to year. Congratulations to our scholarship recipients who have worked hard to receive these awards. We wish you nothing but success in your college careers and all future endeavors,” said Jacque Sikes, Board of Directors President.

Eligibility requirements varied based on each scholarship opportunity, but all the scholarships require the student to have a parent or legal guardian that is a San Isabel Electric member.

The San Isabel Electric Board of Directors will award a total of 26 scholarships totaling $36,000 for the upcoming academic year. Scholarship funding comes from unclaimed capital credits, unused revenue that the electric co-op tried to return to member-owners but went unclaimed. The current list of unclaimed capital credits is published at siea.com/capitalcredits and is available in the April edition of Colorado Country Life magazine.

San Isabel Electric has been awarding scholarships since 1990. The following students are also receiving a scholarship from San Isabel Electric for the 2021-2022 academic year:

$5,000 Powered-Up Scholarship recipient:

Brooklyn Phillips, Pueblo West High School

Powered-Up Scholarship runners-up:

Eleanor Masinton, La Veta High School – $3,000
Brendan Bradfield, Pueblo West High School – $2,000

$1,000 San Isabel Electric Scholarship recipients:

Antonio Moltrer, Hoehne School
Jamilee Just, Hoehne School
Autumn Gutierrez, Hoehne School
Kiley Geiser, Hoehne School
Shauniely Torres, Hoehne School
Baylee Bloesser, Pueblo West High School
Xavier Hatch, Pueblo West High School
Emma Eide, Providence Academy Homeschool
Hayden Polk, Rye High School
Jolee Ortiz, Rye High School
Brayden Sidbury, Connections Academy
Travis McKinzie, John Mall High School
Alyssa Torres, Aguilar High School
Kendall Velarde, Trinidad High School
John Fernandez, Trinidad High School
Carson Miller, La Veta High School
Matthew White, Goal Academy
Alyssa Winford, Branson School

$1,000 Vocational Scholarship recipients:

Isaiah Coca, Aguilar High School
Cole Miller, Beulah Valley Homeschool Academy
Nevaeh Browning, Aguilar High School

$1,000 At-Large Scholarship recipient:

Alicia Lest, Central High School

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As a not-for-profit cooperative utility, San Isabel Electric provides affordable, reliable electricity with exceptional service to communities throughout southern Colorado. Serving nearly 20,000 member-owners and 24,000 meters, San Isabel Electric has been keeping the lights on since 1938. We don’t just serve communities. We are part of communities.