Scholarship Opportunities Available Through LREA
Lake Region Electric Association is dedicated to supporting the youth in the communities that we serve! Education and Concern for Community are two of the seven Cooperative Principles that we are guided by. One way that we show this dedication and concern is by providing scholarship opportunities for youth who intend to further their education by attending a vocational program or a traditional college or university. Lake Region Electric Association has a variety of scholarship opportunities available for area students: The Duane Snaza Memorial Scholarship, the Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship and the Charles Johnson Trust Scholarship.
The Duane Snaza Memorial Scholarship was created by Lake Region Electric Association’s Board of Directors to honor a former employee. Duane Snaza worked at LREA for three summers. Duane’s parents, Wayne and Jackie Snaza, are member-owners who farm north of Webster.
This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one student who is the dependent child, including adopted or stepchild, of member-owners of Lake Region Electric Association. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and must be a student who is enrolled, or is planning to enroll, in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited, two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school.
This scholarship is awarded based on the following criteria: participation in school and community activities, grade-point average, work experience, SAT/ACT scores, statement by student explaining his/her educational and career goals, a written recommendation by a third party and presentation of the application.
The Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC) Scholarship is funded by LREA’s energy partner, Basin Electric. This $1,000 is awarded to the dependent children, including adopted or stepchildren, of member-owners of Lake Region Electric Association. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and must be a student who is enrolled, or is planning to enroll, in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited, two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school.
Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, a statement of education and career goals, and an outside appraisal.
The Charles Johnson Trust was established to promote education, training, hiring and placement of persons to work and establish life-long careers in the manufacturing and fabrication or trades industry. This scholarship is named in honor of Charles Johnson who was instrumental in the development of industry in Webster. Lake Region Electric Association shares in Charles Johnson’s vision and promotion of local manufacturing and industry that support our community.
The scholarship through the Charles Johnson Trust is awarded to students who intend to further their education in order to return to the area with the knowledge and skills necessary to flourish in the trades industries. The scholarship is focused on the Day County community but may be expanded to enhance economic development and community growth in Northeast South Dakota. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, this scholarship may be given to one student over the span of two academic school years or divided amongst two or more students for one year.
To apply for these scholarship opportunities, students must complete the required criteria and the scholarship application, which can be obtained from your high school counselor, by visiting our website (www.lakeregion.coop) or from the Lake Region Electric Association Office. Applicants must provide all the required information and complete the scholarship application. Submissions MUST BE POSTMARKED OR RETURNED BY FEB. 10, 2020, to Lake Region Electric Association, PO Box 341, Webster, SD 57274, in order to be considered eligible for this scholarship. For more information, contact Laura London at Lake Region Electric Association by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 605-345-3379 or 1-800-657-5869.