Northern Electric Cooperative announced the recipients of two co-op-sponsored scholarship programs in March. Aberdeen Christian School senior Alexis Schock was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Britton-Hecla High School senior Taylor Dinger was selected to receive a $500 scholarship from Northern Electric Cooperative. Schock and Dinger were chosen as the recipients of the scholarships by a panel of co-op employees who reviewed the pool of applications.
“I applied for this local scholarship because I want to take as much responsibility as I can to pay for my college education,” Schock said.
Schock received high recommendations from her teachers at Aberdeen Christian School and has been named to the honor roll all four years. Schock is also involved in volleyball and band at Aberdeen Christian and volunteered at the Safe Harbor women’s shelter in Aberdeen. She plans on attending North Dakota State University in Fargo in the fall and will major in Business with a minor in Spanish.
“One of my goals is to graduate college with as little debt as possible and this scholarship will help me in achieving that goal,” Schock said.
Dinger is from Hecla and attends Britton-Hecla High School. He plans to enroll at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Dinger is also on the honor roll at Britton-Hecla and is involved with 4-H, trapshooting, and volunteers as the school’s videographer. Dinger would like to become an electrician with the goal of starting his own business someday.
Dinger – like Schock - also has the goal of finishing his post-secondary education with as little debt as possible and says this scholarship will help him achieve that goal.
“I applied because it is a great scholarship and every dollar counts toward a great education,” Dinger said.
In 2017, Dinger was also one of Northern Electric’s participants in the South Dakota Rural Electric Youth Excursion to North Dakota where he learned about electric generation and cooperatives.
Both recipients will receive their scholarships when they enroll in their respective schools in the fall.