05-04-17 Morgan County REA Awards Scholarships

Morgan County REA Awards Scholarships

FORT MORGAN, CO – Morgan County Rural Electric Association is pleased to announce that twelve recipients have been selected for post-secondary college or vocational scholarships for 2017. This year Morgan County REA awarded five $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors and one $1,000 scholarship to a current post-secondary student that will be returning to college or trade school, with Tri-State Generation and Transmission offering two $500 scholarships and Basin Electric Power Cooperative sponsoring two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors. MCREA also awarded two $7,500 scholarships to individuals who either are or will be attending electric lineworker school.

The recipients of the post-secondary college scholarships were selected by a panel comprised of MCREA members, directors and employees. The criteria for selection is based on a number of factors, including academics, ACT scores, school and community participation, work experiences, a student statement and a letter of recommendation. The electric cooperatives award the college scholarships to students whose families are members of Morgan County REA, with the exception of the Basin Cooperative Employee Scholarship, which is awarded to dependents of employees who work for electric cooperatives.

This year’s five $1,000 MCREA scholarship recipients for graduating seniors include:


Emily Kaiser from Prairie High School, who is planning to pursue a degree in kinesiology or exercise science at the University of Wyoming or the University of Nebraska.


Kinsey Brashears from Fort Morgan High School will attend Utah State University in Logan and major in accounting.


McKinley Thompson from Prairie High School plans to pursue a degree in international studies and lists the University of Denver as the college she’s likely to attend.


Faith Shaver from Fort Morgan High School will be attending the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, majoring in biology.


Jalonna Ohr from Fort Morgan High School plans to study biochemistry at Arizona State University in Tempe.


The $1,000 MCREA scholarship for a current post-secondary student that is returning to college goes to Brush High School graduate Makenzie Griffith, who will continue with her elementary education major at the University of Northern Colorado.


Dawson Frick from Fort Morgan High School was named as a recipient of a $1,000 Basin Electric Cooperative scholarship for graduating high school students that are dependents of electric cooperative employees. Frick is planning to attend the University of Kansas in Lawrence, majoring in electrical engineering and computer science.


Allison Kopetzky from Wiggins High School is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship sponsored by Basin Electric Cooperative for a graduating senior of parents who are member-consumers of their local electric cooperative. Kopetzky intends to pursue a career as a speech/language pathologist, and lists the University of Northern Colorado as her top choice of colleges to attend.


The two recipients of $500 Tri-State Generation and Transmission scholarships for graduating seniors are Molly Link from Brush High School and Hallie Wickham from Fort Morgan High School. Link lists her likely college choice as the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, while Wickham is planning to study business administration at the University of Colorado-Boulder.


Morgan County REA is also pleased to announce that Mick Dechant from the Brush area and Jaysen Nelson from Fort Morgan have each been selected to receive a $7,500 Morgan County REA Electric Lineworker Scholarship.


Lineworker scholarship recipients are selected by a committee comprised from the MCREA Operations Department.  The committee’s decisions are based on a number of factors, including academics, school and community participation, work experiences, and a student statement of goals and aspirations. The scholarship recipients are not required to work at Morgan County REA after graduating lineworker school.


Dechant is a 2011 graduate of Prairie High School, and attained a degree in diesel technology in 2013 from Northeastern Junior College. He enrolled in the apprentice lineman program at Trinidad State Junior College in January 2017.


Nelson will graduate from Fort Morgan High School this year and plans to attend powerline construction and maintenance school at Western Nebraska Community College in Alliance.

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