2022 SOUTHEAST ELECTRIC SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Southeast Electric encourages students and members to continue learning. Scholarship funds are a good way to help with this goal. Since 2009 Southeast has awarded over $65,000.00 worth of scholarships. We consider it an investment in the future of our cooperative.
Kenzie Tooke, daughter of J.O. & Kim Tooke of Ekalaka, has been awarded the Southeast Electric Essay Scholarship for 2022 in the amount of $1000.00. Kenzie was asked to answer the question “What will you do to continue to support your community in the future?.” Kenzie’s plans are to obtain a major in elementary education and a minor in special education. “Teachers are heroes in the community.” She would like to teach for a few years and then return to Ekalaka. She also would like to serve on a board, such as the weed board, hospital board or even the Southeast Electric Board. Kenzie plans to attend college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish SD.
The Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship is a $1,000.00 scholarship sponsored by Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Southeast Electric Cooperative Inc. Darin Schallenberger is the 2022 recipient of this scholarship. Darin was asked “What challenges face rural electric cooperatives in the coming years and how do you think challenges should be addressed?” Darin feels that the biggest threat to cooperatives are larger corporations. Corporations that will drive costs up and put smaller rural cooperatives into decisions that require them to raise their charges. He feels that we need to continue to promote the smaller cooperatives and educate the public about the benefits of cooperatives. Darin’s plans are to attend the University of Montana Western to study Business Administration with a focus on Farm and Ranch Operation. Darin is the son of LeRoy and Jennifer Schallenberger.