Trust Board awards $74,000 in scholarships

September 1, 2020

From college institutions in-state to across the country, dozens of local students will be benefiting from scholarships provided through the Operation Round Up program.

This year, 75 students from Cuivre River Electric Cooperative’s four-county service area are receiving scholarships totaling $74,000.

This is tied for the largest amount of scholarship money awarded in a single year through by the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board. A total of 101 applications were submitted.

The Trust Board has awarded 2,314 scholarships totaling $1.3 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 21, 2021.

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 the seven-member volunteer 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


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