Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative is proud to announce that 29 local students have been selected to receive college scholarships.
Twenty-five of the scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 have been awarded to graduating high school students and returning college students.
OTEC is also proud to announce the new class of recipients for the second year of The OTEC-EOU Rural Scholarship Program, which pays all tuition and fees at Eastern Oregon University if the student commits to graduating from EOU. Four local students were awarded this scholarship.
“We are very excited about the second year of this partnership between OTEC and Eastern Oregon University,” said Lea Hoover, OTEC’s Director of Administration and Strategic Services. “By allocating four of our scholarships to this program and leveraging a matched investment from EOU we can invest into our local communities directly, support local students and return value to OTEC member-owners through the internship projects that the students will complete throughout their 4 years at EOU.”
The OTEC Member Foundation, which Hoover manages, is a new 501c3 charitable foundation formed to further community support that now oversees OTEC’s scholarship programs.
Applicants for scholarships must be an active OTEC member in good standing with the cooperative or a dependent or tenant of such an OTEC member to be eligible for the scholarship. Scholarships are funded from interest earned on unclaimed capital credits.
“We congratulate all the 2021 scholarships recipients and are proud to reward the students for their academic success and dedication to their community,” said Hoover, “As a not-for-profit cooperative and 501c3 foundation, one of our guiding principles is “Commitment to Community” and we can’t think of a better way to give back to the communities we serve and encourage local students to be involved in their own community.”
2021 OTEC Academic Scholarship Recipients
OTEC-EOU Rural Scholarship Program
Erin Coston, Imbler High School
Hadley Marshall, Burns High School
Hayden Robinson, La Grande High School
Mason Van Arsdall, Baker High School
2021 Graduating High School Senior and Returning College Student or Adult Scholarship Recipients
Graduating high school seniors: Justin Ash, North Powder Charter School; Jake Eskew, Baker High School; Mckenzie Hall, Baker High School; Makayla Mills, Baker High School; Sydney Keller, Baker High School.
Returning college students: Kaeli Flanagan, Whitworth University; Rachel Talbot, Treasure Valley Community College.
Graduating high school seniors: Abigail Lusco, Grant Union High School; Parker Manitsas, Grant Union High School; Peyton Neault, Grant Union High School.
Returning college students: Victoria Coalwell, Eastern Oregon University; Natalie Stearns, Boise State University.
Graduating high school seniors: Victoria Purcella, Burns High School; Abbigale Yarbrough, Burns High School.
Returning college students: Sarah Letham, Treasure Valley Community College; Tea Recanzone, Boise State University.
Graduating high school seniors: Gage Brogoitti, La Grande High School; Katie Brown, La Grande High School; Bailey Cole, Powder Valley High School. Josie Higgins, La Grande High School; Taryn Miller, La Grande High School; Jayden Wiggins, La Grande High School; Elizabeth Zamora, La Grande High School.
Returning college students: Joel Hickey, Treasure Valley Community College; Katelyn Stirewalt, Oregon State University.