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TCEC: KEEPING HIGHER EDUCATION LOCAL BY ERIN MOORE, Member Solutions Coordinator


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klahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) located in Goodwell has a vision for


the people of the Oklahoma Panhandle and surrounding area. According to the university’s website, its vision is to build on a century long legacy of education quality and service, while addressing emerging challenges and opportunities. Te university provides an opportunity to students in the panhandle to attend an accredited university with nationally recognized programs with nearly 100 undergraduate degrees.


In support of the university’s vision and students within the Panhandle region, TCEC has offered a scholarship exclusively to local students choosing to attend OPSU for decades.


“We are fortunate to have a high caliber university within our rural area,” said Chris Purdy, vice president of Member Solutions. “Providing students in need the means to attend OPSU is another way to give back to our communities.”


Application and Qualifications Te scholarship is administered through the Panhandle State Foundation and is based on the applicant’s financial need, community involvement and academic achievement. Students, their parents, or guardians must be a member of TCEC in order to qualify for the scholarship.


Te scholarship is valued at $1,200 and is available to entering freshmen and returning sophomores.


Students interested in applying for the 2014-2015 academic year scholarship can apply through Panhandle State Foundation through March 3, 2014. Details and applications can be found at http://www.opsu.edu/ Offices/Foundation/, or by calling the Foundation office at 580-349-1392.


RECIPIENTS OF THE TCEC SCHOLARSHIP TO OPSU ARE PICTURED ABOVE. PHOTOS COURTESY OPSU.


2013-2014 Winning Students Students receiving the scholarship for 2013-2014 academic year include:


• Caleb Mihelic of Goodwell • Checutah Beck-Ratzlaff of Goodwell • Elias Pitterle of Texhoma • Isaac Grove of Guymon • Jacob Murphy of Texhoma • Jared Loftis of Boise City • Logan Wilgus of Guymon • Sydni Yates of Texhoma


Other Scholarship Opportunities Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, one of TCEC’s power providers, offers a scholarship valued at $2,000. Te scholarship is available to entering college or university freshman who is a member, spouse or child of a member, or child


whose guardian is a member of a rural electric cooperative which is an owner of Golden Spread Electric Cooperative. TCEC is a member-owner of Golden Spread Electric Cooperative and therefore any member’s child would be eligible to apply for this scholarship.


Te scholarship is payable at $500 for each of four semesters through the sophomore year and is administered by Te Opportunity Plan, Inc. Applications are due by March 15, 2014.


Applications and qualifications can be found at TCEC’s website at: http://tcec. coop/content/scholarships, or by calling the office at 580-652-2418 to speak with Erin Moore.


Congratulations to this year’s winners. n


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