Nearly $70,000 in college scholarships awarded

40 students selected from St. Charles County 

The Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board is funding a record amount of college scholarships in 2018.

This year, 70 students from the cooperative’s four-county service area are receiving scholarships totaling $69,750.

This is the largest amount of scholarship money awarded in a single year through the Operation Round Up program. More than 140 applications were submitted. Last year, $52,500 in scholarships was awarded to 70 students.

The Trust Board has awarded 2,165 scholarships totaling $1.1 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.

This year’s scholarship recipients from St. Charles County were Colton Bamert, Taylor Banze, Amanda Barnhouse, Rachel Barnhouse, Olivia Diederich, Joseph Eck, Lindsey Feise, Bailey Fischer, Lilia Fuentes, Rhianon Greiwe, Marissa Guenther, Isabel Hall, Erin Higgins, Erin Hill, Logan Joehl, Cameran Jones, Kristin Kinsella, Miranda Kirchoff, Benjamin Kramer, Jacob Kramer, Emily Kurtz, Haley Lembeck, Alexis Lesch, Haley Lindenbusch, Taylor Lindenbusch, Alexander Long, Isabel McCarty, Lily Merz, Caroline Neal, Brianna Norman, Grace Patton, Rebecca Purcell, Emily Roberson, Madison Schulz, Emily Scott, Luke Statler, Taylor Tucker, Nicholas Wilke, Christine Williams and Elizabeth Winter.

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 24, 2019.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cuivre River Electric Cooperative is the largest member-owned electric distribution cooperative in Missouri. It provides service to more than 65,000 residential, business, commercial, industrial and agricultural members in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties.