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HAMMOND – As local high school seniors prepare for the “big walk” across the stage for their diplomas, 19 will start college next fall with a little assistance from a St. Croix Electric Cooperative (SCEC) Continuing Education Scholarship.
In 1981, SCEC members voted to offer scholarships to high school seniors who are dependents of SCEC members and planning to attend a one-, two- or four-year college or program. Since the inception of the scholarships, SCEC has awarded more than $175,000, including $17,000 in 2013.
A four-member panel of volunteers from among the membership reviewed applications earlier this spring and selected the final recipients. Selection for scholarships included consideration for accomplishments in academics, community involvement, cooperative knowledge, scholastic activities, demonstration of leadership and financial need. The scholarship program is divided into two categories: technical schools (one- or two-year programs), $500; and four-year institutions, $1,000.
“It is a great feeling to be able to help some of our local students,” said SCEC President/CEO Mark Pendergast. “But the true credit goes to the SCEC membership who implemented this program more than 30 years ago and who continue to serve on the selection committee for the scholarships.”
Scholarship recipients were also recognized at the 76th Annual Meeting of Members on April 6. They include:
• Heather Bol, Baldwin-Woodville H.S., daughter of Mary Ellen & Duane Bol
• Natalie Broome, Somerset H.S., daughter of Scott Broome & Julie Tangen
• Emily Edelman, St. Croix Central H.S., daughter of Todd & Laurie Edelman;
• Justin Ellefson, Spring Valley H.S., son of Mike & Sherry Ellefson;
• Emily Hoyer, St. Croix Central H.S., daughter of Grace & Gary Hoyer;
• David Kocik, Hudson H.S., son of Peter & Joanne Kocik;
• Kayla Lindloff, New Richmond H.S., daughter of Chris & Karen Lindloff;
• McKenna Mattison, Spring Valley H.S., daughter of Adam & DeLaine Mattison;
• Carl Moll, St. Croix Central H.S., son of Bruce & Jo Moll;
• Hannah Morton, Baldwin-Woodville H.S, daughter of T. Cherie Morton;
• Elizabeth Nyhus, Glenwood City H.S., daughter of Jesse & Jennifer Nyhus;
• Colin Scholz, Amery H.S., son of Craig & Kim Scholz;
• Drake Thoemke, Hudson H.S., son of Todd & Shellee Thoemke;
• Jessica Thomas, Thomas Academy Home School, daughter of Paul & Shelley Thomas;
• Mitch Thompson, Spring Valley H.S., son of Frank & Stacy Thompson;
• Mackenzie Venhor, Somerset H.S., daughter of Jim & Sandy Venhor;
• Lindsay Watkins, New Richmond H.S., daughter of Brian & Gwendolyn Watkins;
• Hannah Wirth, Hudson H.S., daughter of Don & Carrie Wirth;
• Samantha Whall, St. Anne’s Academy, daughter of Joseph & Georgia Whall.
About St. Croix Electric Cooperative
St. Croix Electric Cooperative (SCEC) was formed on Nov. 5, 1937 as a result of five farmers, who were determined to bring electricity to rural St. Croix County, Wis. Nearly two years later – May 24, 1939 – electricity was delivered to the first account. Today, the Cooperative operates 1,740 miles of distribution lines that serve more than 10,500 member accounts. SCEC strives to positively impact its community through Commitment to Community grants, scholarships, and offering members rebates and solutions to conserve and use energy wisely. Information is shared with members through the April annual meeting;~Energy Lifestyles Magazine, which is published 11 times per year; online at www.scecnet.net; and via social media: @StCroixElecCoop (Twitter) and St. Croix County Energizer (Facebook).