2021 Scholarship Recipients

Benton Rural Electric Association 2021 Scholarship Recipients: Peter Hale, Aspen Peters, Scott Barfuss, Jazzell Tovar, Brad Dowson

Benton REA is proud to announce the 2021 recipients of the cooperative’s continuing education scholarships:

  • Peter Hale of Benton City, son of Joseph and Laurie Hale.
  • Aspen Peters of Prosser, daughter of Troy and Shauna Peters.
  • Scott Barfuss of West Richland, son of Brad and Katie Barfuss.
  • Jazzell Tovar of Prosser, daughter of Angel and Maria Tovar.
  • Brad Dowson of West Richland, son of Scott and Marci Dowson.

These high school seniors each earned an $8,000 Benton REA academic scholarship toward their college or university tuition.

Thirty-eight students applied for the academic scholarships in January. No applications were received for Benton REA’s two $4,000 trade and technical scholarships.

When unclaimed ownership credit checks are returned to Benton REA, the money is used to fund member education programs, including scholarships for students whose parents or guardians are members of Benton REA.

The academic scholarship committee determines recipients by reviewing applicants’ high school GPA and 500-word essay.

Trade and technical scholarship applications are judged on the student’s experience in their field and three reference letters.

Academic scholarships are distributed in increments of $2,000 per school year. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to maintain the scholarship.

Learn more about the winners in your April 2021 Ruralite magazine and at www.BentonREA.org/Scholarships.


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