Co-Mo gives out $26,000 in college scholarships

Tipton, MO. (July 23, 2015) — Co-Mo Electric Cooperative members who donated money through the Operation Round Up program are helping pay for 26 local students to attend college.

The scholarships total $26,000, bringing the total since the program began to just under $500,000.

Members contribute to this fund by signing up to have their electric bills rounded up to the next full dollar. The Co-Mo Cares Board of Trustees selects the recipients from a multitude of applications. Other money from the Operation Round Up program goes to support things such as local food banks and individuals and organizations in need.

“Part of being a cooperative means having a genuine concern for a community. The generosity of our members through programs such as Operation Round Up allows us to do that and make a difference in the lives of some young people in our area,” said Ruth Ann Warnke, Co-Mo executive administrative assistant and coordinator of the Co-Mo Cares Board of Trustees.

To be eligible, students must have their permanent residence within Co-Mo’s service territory, though they do not have to receive electric service from the cooperative. Students must plan on attending an accredited technical or academic school.

“This program is a great way to invest in our youth,” said Ken Johnson, Co-Mo’s CEO/General Manager. “We look at these fine young people and see our future community leaders, future co-op members.”

The scholarship application period opens each year on April 1 and runs through the end of that month. Applications can be found online during that time at co-mo.coop/scholarships.aspx or through local high schools’ guidance offices.

For information on signing up for Operation Round Up, visit co-mo.coop/operationroundup.aspx.

 Students who received scholarships are as follows:  

BARNETT

  • Beth Sarver, daughter of Clifford and Roberta Sarver, who plans on attending State Fair Community College.

BOONVILLE

  • Rebecca Kempf, daughter of Chris and Roylene Kempf, who plans on attending Moberly Area Community College. 

BUNCETON

  • Elizabeth Tuttle, daughter of Mike and Jeannie Tuttle, who plans on attending Northwest Missouri State University.

CALIFORNIA

  • Shelby Allee, daughter of David and Stacy Allee, who plans on attending Missouri State University.
  • Meleigha Caudel, daughter of Jeremy and Cherissa Caudel, who plans on attending Westminster College.
  • Olivia Kunze, daughter of Bryan and Jacque Kunze, who plans on attending Missouri State University.
  • Morgan Henley, daughter of Rodney and Janet Henley, who plans on attending the University of Misssouri.
  • Nathanial Caudel, son of Jeremy and Cherissa Caudel, who plans on attending Westminster College.

GRAVOIS MILLS

  • Megan Gerant, daughter of Tom and Mary Gerant, who plans on attending Missouri State University.

JAMESTOWN

  • Isaac Duncan, son of Steve and Cheryl Duncan, who plans on attending Missouri State University.

LAURIE

  • Madisen Sherman, daughter of Mark and Melanie Sherman, who plans on attending the University of Central Missouri.

PILOT GROVE

  • Steven “Alex” Cooper, son of Steve and Janice Cooper, who plans on attending the University of Central Missouri.
  • Bradley Dillner, son of Byron and Joy Dillner, who plans on attending Missouri State University.

SUNRISE BEACH

  • Hayley Purington, daughter of Chuck and Marla Humphrey, who plans on attending State Fair Community College.
  • Kahlan Enriquez, son of Abraham and Tammy Enriquez, who plans on attending the University of Central Missouri. 

STOVER

  • Cory Garr, son of Gary Garr and Shelly Hodges, who plans on attending the University of Missouri School of Law.
  • Katherine Hinck, daughter of Joel and Jessica Hinck, who plans on attending the University of Central Missouri.
  • Shannon Holsten, daughter of Stuart and Tina Holsten, who plans on attending State Technical College.
  • Garrett Goetze, son of Richard and Onja Goetze, who plans on attending Missouri State University.

TIPTON

  • Zoe Huhmann, daughter of Joe and Jennifer Huhmann, who plans on attending the University of Missouri.
  • Olivia Huhmann, daughter of Joe and Jennifer Huhmann, who plans on attending State Fair Community College.

VERSAILLES

  • Amanda Higginbotham, daughter of William and Jacque Higginbotham, who plans on attending Missouri State University.
  • Aaron Rottmann, son of Erik and Kelly Rottmann, who plans on attending State Fair Community College.
  • Ashley Blazier, daughter of John and Carla Blazier, who plans on attending Missouri State University.
  • Chelsea Merriott, daughter of Matthew and Terri Merriott, who plans on attending State Fair Community College.
  • Jennifer Kruse, daughter of Jim and Gail Kruse, who plans on attending Missouri State University.

 

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