Scholarship applications for the 2015-16 school year will be available Feb. 1, 2015.
Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions, regarding Continental Divide Electric Education Foundation scholarships. For more information, contact Foundation Coordinator Corina Sandoval at (505) 285-6656.
Frequently Asked Questions
Applicants must be active members of the co-op or immediate family of co-op members.
An active member is someone who currently receives Continental Divide electric service.
Recipients must use the scholarship money to pursue an established bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in New Mexico. Students must carry and successfully complete at least 12 credit hours (full-time), per semester.
Along with the application, applicants must attach a copy of their transcript and three letters of recommendation from the high school(s) they attended.
If the applicant has received the equivalent of a high school degree, such as a G.E.D., or has been out of school for many years, then letters may be obtained from current or past employers or other notable community members.
The Education Foundation's Scholarship Committee chooses scholarships recipients, based on academic accomplishments, recipient's character and the essay that is required. CDEC encourages those who are not selected to re-apply the following year. The number of grants awarded each year can vary.
The number of grants and amount depend on funds available in the Education Foundation. For the 2014-15 school year, the scholarship amount award is $3,250.
Half of the scholarship money is awarded in the fall semesters; the balance is awarded in the spring semesters, as long as the applicant continues to be eligible.
The maximum length of the scholarship awarded to a student is four (4) years. Recipients are required to maintain a 2.5 G.P.A. and earn 12 credit hours, per semester, for the scholarship to be renewed each semester.
Applicants also will be considered for scholarships from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, CDEC's wholesale power provider and Basin Electric Power Cooperative of North Dakota. Each year, Tri-State affords us the opportunity to award (2) scholarships in the amount of $500 to a CDEC member or dependent of the member. Basin affords us the opportunity to award (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to the dependent of a CDEC member.