Black Hills Energy to award scholarships


Black Hills Energy-Colorado Gas will award a $1,000 college scholarship to each of 15 students graduating from Colorado high schools who have a parent or guardian served by Black Hills Energy-Colorado Gas.

The application is available at and must be returned to the address on the form by Friday, March 16. Due to the volume of applications, Black Hills Energy can only consider applications that are complete and on time. Scholarship recipients will be announced in May.

"Contributing to higher education is an investment in the future of the communities we serve and an example of how we accomplish our mission, improving life with energy," said Wes Ashton, Black Hills Energy's senior manager for external affairs in Colorado. "We contribute knowledge, experience and resources to partnerships we develop with community leaders, civic groups and businesses to support causes and guide economic development programs. Success depends upon the quality of our leaders, and education is key."

Again, the application must be completed in full and returned to the address on the form by Friday, March 16. Students may apply for a scholarship if they meet the eligibility requirements:

• A parent or guardian must be a current Black Hills Energy-Colorado Gas customer

• The student must rank in the top 25 percent of the graduating class or score 21 or higher on the ACT or 980 or higher on the SAT.

• The student must plan to work toward a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university.

• The student must not be a relative of a current or retired employee of Black Hills Corp. or its business units, including Black Hills Energy-Colorado Gas. "Relative" is defined here as a child, grandchild, brother, sister, stepchild, foster child, spouse or in-law.

"Black Hills Energy employees live and work in the communities we serve," Ashton said. "We also support our communities through system investments and the personal property, sales and other taxes we contribute. Our company has a 125-year-old legacy of service. We appreciate the opportunity to serve our customers in Colorado and look forward to carrying on that tradition."


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