Scholarship award hits record amount

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September 5, 2019

The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board is funding a record amount of college scholarships in 2019.

This year, 80 students from the cooperative’s four-county service area are receiving scholarships totaling $74,000.

This is the largest amount of scholarship money awarded in a single year through the Operation Round Up program. A total of 140 applications were submitted. Last year, $69,750 in scholarships was awarded to 70 students.

The Trust Board has awarded 2,239 scholarships totaling $1.2 million since 1997, its founding year. The scholarships have been used for undergraduate students attending accredited universities or technical schools and students seeking to continue their education.

To be eligible for consideration, students must live in the Cuivre River Electric Cooperative service area and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 while attending undergraduate courses at an accredited university or technical school. Applicants are also asked to provide an official transcript and two letters of recommendation, write a narrative to highlight their academic achievements and state their career goals, and demonstrate a financial need. The scholarship may also be used for adult continuing education courses in their career fields.

Scholarships are awarded each June. The next application deadline is April 22, 2020.

Scholarship funds are donated by Cuivre River Electric members who participate in Operation Round Up by rounding up their electric bill payments each month to the next highest dollar. The funds, administered by a seven-member volunteer Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board, are available to help individuals, families and organizations.

The goal of Operation Round Up is to help address needs in the areas of health, education, home weatherization, youth, community and emergency services that cannot be met with other resources. For more information on Operation Round Up, call 636-695-4837 or email

List of scholarship recipients

  • St. Charles Community College: Allyson Huber, Anthony Elia Jr., Madelyn Guss, Kiely Williamson, Katherine Lancaster, Liezl Kurtz
  • University of Missouri-Columbia: Chadwick Dowell, Meghan Brown, Caitlyn Twellman, Halle Mueller, Jaime Mennemeyer, Caroline Green, Joshua Meyer, Madeline Mueller, Nicholas Stone, Riley Siebert, Cody Pyrtle, Luke Price, Austin Roettger, Colin Kussman, Olivia Diederich
  • Hannibal LaGrange University: Jillian Lockard
  • University of Arkansas: Kristen Monzyk
  • Bradley University: Jacob Gleize, Logan Joehl
  • East Central Community College: Jessica Jarvis
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology: Nathan Nordwald, Alexander Gambill, Alex Daniels, Taylor Lindenbusch, Benjamin Kramer
  • William Woods University: Rylie Cox, Mallory Westover
  • University of Missouri-Saint Louis: Kara McAtee, Tanner Bencomo
  • Washington University: William Pohl
  • State Technical College of Missouri: Braden Kazmaier
  • Northwest Missouri State University: Clayton Meyer
  • Missouri State University: Clare Henry, Kyleigh Mosher, Araceli Lopez, Melaina Fischer, Jordan Banze, Colton Bamert, Kaitlyn Langston, Emily Kurtz, Justin Kurtz, Anna Pavia
  • Tulsa Welding School: Jeremy Tinker
  • Saint Louis University: Cameron Jones, Haley Gray
  • University of Central Missouri: Karissa Abrolat, Haley Lindenbusch, Mia Bellanca
  • Truman State University: Chance Orf, Grace James, Hailey Lembeck, Mattie Smith, Amanda Barnhouse, Rachel Barnhouse
  • Lindenwood University: Kennedy Cox, Allison McDonald, Emily Scott, Angel Moss, Breana Burkemper
  • Maryville University: McKenna Schulz, Madison Schulz
  • William Jewell College: Miranda Kirchoff
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center: Amber Wamhoff
  • University of Dallas: Hannah Wilmes
  • St. Ambrose University: Ryan Joehl
  • University of Iowa: Luke Statler
  • Rockhurst University: Alexander Long
  • Tarleton State University: Delaney Schmidt
  • Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville: Audrey Brakensiek
  • Southeast Missouri State University: Autumn Lowery, Zach Hall
  • Missouri Baptist University: Elizabeth Winter
  • St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley: Isabel Hall
  • University of Kansas: Austin Eikermann