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Electric cooperative to host scholarship Q&A Open House on Dec. 15

To assist high school seniors and their parents with the application process for college scholarships available through La Plata Electric Association (LPEA), the cooperative will host a special open house Thursday, Dec. 15, 5:30-7 p.m. at LPEA’s Bodo Park headquarters (45 Stewart St., Durango).

LPEA staff members will be on hand to answer any questions. Copies of all applications will be available, and no R.S.V.P. is required.

All high school seniors in La Plata and Archuleta counties, including home school students, who receive their electricity from LPEA are eligible to apply for the variety of funding opportunities. Deadline for application is March 1, 2012. Attendance at the open house is not a requirement of application.

LPEA directly offers the LPEA Scholarship (four-year) and LPEA/John Voelker Memorial Scholarship (two-year), plus provides for additional affiliated rural electric scholarships/awards offered by Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Basin Electric and the Rocky Mountain Electrical League (RMEL).

Specifically, LPEA will award two, four-year scholarships (140 credit hours) for students attending any college or university beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year. LPEA will cover tuition, books and fees, up to $5,000 annually, given that the students maintain minimum qualifications.

?The LPEA/John Voelker Memorial Scholarship recognizes two students attending accredited vocational schools, technical schools or junior colleges. This two-year scholarship covers fees, books, tools and supplies up to $3,000 per student, per year.

The 2012-2013 academic year will be the first that LPEA has offered two of both the LPEA and the LPEA/John Voelker scholarships.

“The LPEA board recognizes that college costs are increasing,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “We have limited funds available to help, but the board agreed that we want to do what we can. Thus, we are able to directly assist two additional students this year.”

LPEA endeavors to train and educate local young people for positions they may ultimately secure at a rural electric cooperative, though this is not a requirement of the scholarship. Rural electric cooperatives are known nationally to provide stable employment, livable wages and solid benefit packages. LPEA is no exception and, with more than 100 employees, exists as one of the more significant employers in the region.

For further information and to download applications, visit or contact Jeannie Bennett at 382-3505, or

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