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Scholarships Available to Help LREA Members

Laura London

 

South Dakota is ranked below average in cost of postsecondary education, still, many youths and their families often stress about tuition, housing and other costs associated with obtaining a degree. Lake Region Electric Association offers scholarships to help ease some of that burden.

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 those who intend to further their education by attending a vocational program or a traditional college or university. Lake Region Electric Association has two scholarship opportunities available for area students: The Duane Snaza Memorial Scholarship, the Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship. Lake Region Electric Association also helps facilitate 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 mother, Jackie Snaza, is a LREA member-owner.

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) / Lake Region 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.

 

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 of the required information and complete the scholarship application. Submissions MUST BE POSTMARKED OR RETURNED BY FEB. 15, 2023, to Lake Region Electric Association, PO Box 341, Webster, SD 57274, in order to be considered eligible for the Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC) / Lake Region Scholarship or the Duane Snaza Memorial Scholarship. For more information, contact Laura London at Lake Region Electric Association by email: llondon@lakeregion.coop or by telephone: 605-345-3379 or 1-800-657-5869.