By Indiana Reed
Special to The SUN
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, Jan. 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at LPEA’s Bodo Park headquarters, 45 Stewart St., Durango.
LPEA staff members will be on-hand to answer any questions. No reservations are necessary and copies of all applications will be available.
All high school seniors, including home school students, in LPEA’s service territory who receive their electricity from LPEA are eligible to apply for the variety of funding opportunities. Deadline for application is March 1, 2016. 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), per LPEA Board of Directors policies No. 411 and 416, plus provides for additional affiliated rural electric scholarships/awards offered by Tri-State Generation and Transmission and Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
Specifically, LPEA will award two, four-year scholarships (140 credit hours) for students attending any college or university beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year. LPEA will cover tuition, books and fees, up to $28,000 over four years, given that the students maintain minimum qualifications.