United Power Awards 2012 Scholarships
May 18, 2012
United Power proudly announces the 2012 Scholarship awards. Sixteen different scholarships are granted for a total of $10,000. United Power awards the scholarships each year to outstanding students served by the cooperative. The United Power Scholarship Committee gives these awards based on grades, test scores, extracurricular participation, and a short essay. Applications are made available at the end of each year. Visit our Youth Programs page for more information.
Lois Lesser Education Scholar - $1,000 Scholarship
Danielle Wood will graduate from Nederland High School and has been awarded the Lois Lesser Scholarship for her interest in studying Education at the University of Wyoming. Beginning her career in education, she has been a vacation bible school group leader and currently is a mentor in Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Her school activities include student council, National Honor Society, and varsity volleyball.
United Power Colorado College Scholar - $1,000 Awards
Amy Smith will graduate from Frederick High School and plans to attend Colorado State University, where she will major in Human Development and Family Studies. Amy has received the Presidential Award in Academics, is the President of the Frederick Youth Commission, and is an active member of the National Honor Society. In her spare time, she volunteers for various groups in her community.
Amanda Allen plans to study at Colorado State University after graduating from Brighton High School. Through her high school career, Amanda has been a member of National Honor Society and on the Principal’s Honor Roll. She volunteers at the Adam County Sherriff’s office and has helped raise money for Special Olympics and local food banks. She also created a service project entitled “Sweet Freedom” which collects donations to send care packages to U.S. troops.
Basin Electric Power Cooperative - $1,000 Award
Luke Swigart will graduate from Ralston Valley High School and plans to attend the University of Colorado to purse a degree in Electrical Engineering. While in high school, Luke has been a member of National Honor Society and a member of the swim team. He is a lifeguard at Water World and volunteers at a local retirement home.
Tri-State Generation & Transmission - $500 Scholarships
Neal Heidt plans to study architecture upon graduating from Brighton High School. He is a member of the National Honor Society and on the Principal’s Honor Roll. Neal spends countless hours giving back to his community by tutoring/mentoring younger students, volunteering in the local community garden, and assistant coaching for his church basketball program.
Breanna Sarkisian will graduate from Prairie View High School and plans to pursue a career in the medical field. Breanna has been a volunteer at Platte Valley Medical Center and is a member of the Health Occupations Students Association. While in high school she has been a member of National Honor Society, student council, and on the Principal’s Honor Roll. She has also served as the captain for the varsity soccer team.
United Power Non-Traditional - $500 Scholarship
Gina Humble is currently attending Front Range Community College where she is pursuing a degree in Health Information Technology. Gina has proven herself academically while balancing a self-run and operated business.
United Power Vocational - $500 Scholarship
Shayleen Elenz is currently attending the Institute of Business and Medical Careers. She is working to attain her Medical Assisting Degree. Her grades and mentoring of other students signify her dedication to her chosen profession.
United Power Book Awards - $500 Book Scholarships
Brighton High School: Hannah Armentrout plans to pursue a degree in law and has numerous colleges that she is considering attending. She is a member of National Honor Society, BHS LINK Crew, Brighton Youth Commission, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Brightonian Newspaper. Hannah is very active in the community and she also holds a job as a team member at Chick-fil-a.
Prairie View High School: Lindsey Whittington hopes to attend the University of Denver or Colorado State University to study Biomedical Sciences. She is on the Principal’s Honor Roll, National Honor Society, and was named an All-State and All-Conference Academic Athlete. She plays varsity basketball, tennis, and softball. In her spare time Lindsey logs many hours volunteering at Platte Valley Medical Center assisting with babies and toddlers.
Frederick High School (Home Schooled): Natalie Curtis plans to attend Front Range Community College where she will study music and art. Natalie is an accomplished pianist and harpist and has performed at many local events. She is also an active member of 4-H and Girl Scouts.
Fort Lupton High School: Paige Haberkon plans to study psychology at Chadron State College. Paige is part of the National Honor Society, LINK Crew, and AVID. She also participates with the Colorado Rural Health Scholars Program and the National Youth Leadership Conference. Paige works at the Fort Lupton Public & School Library.
Mead High School: Joseph Renner has been accepted to the University of Colorado where he will study computer science. Joseph is a member of the National Honor Society and MESA, a National Science organization. He tutors younger students in math and volunteers at the Tri-Town Senior Center.
Weld Central High School: Nathan Hoffman plans to study Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Nathan belongs to the Technology Student Association, National Honor Society, and is on the Knowledge Bowl Team. He also volunteers at his church and plays piano at a nursing home.
Mountain (Nederland High School): Rebecca Hermann hopes to attend Brown or Tufts University while pursuing a Biology/Pre-Med Degree. Rebecca serves as her senior class secretary, is on the Nederland Community Library Teen Advisory Board, and a member of National Honor Society. She is a varsity cross-country runner and has earned numerous accolades. She gives her time to elementary school students by participating in the Big/Little Program.
At Large (Peak to Peak High School): Rachel Kia plans to earn her nursing degree at Creighton University or St. Louis University. Rachel was named a Peak Scholar with Distinction and a National Honor Society member. Rachel is an accomplished equestrian and counsels other riders at summer camps. She is fluent in Spanish and has completed a service trip to Mexico and participated in a study abroad program in Spain.