Dmea Scholarship Essays

DMEA proudly supports the National Rural Electric Tour and the CEEI Youth Leadership Camp. Each summer DMEA sponsors one student to attend the Youth Tour and several students to attend the camp. 

NRECA Rural Electric Youth Tour: June 7 - 14, 2018

Each year, DMEA sponsors one student to attend the Washington D.C. Rural Electric Youth Tour. The Youth Tour opens big doors for small-town kids. It provides an opportunity to see our government in action, shake hands with senators and members of congress, and have experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime. It’s an opportunity to meet peers from other places in rural America and make new friends from across the country, while learning about history outside of a textbook. 

Check out the 2017 video from the Washington D.C. Youth Tour.




CEEI Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp: July 14 - 19, 2018

Each year, DMEA sends five students from our local high schools to attend the CEEI Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp. The camp offers a great opportunity for high school students to learn about the cooperative business model, tour a generation facility, learn about government, and build their communication and leadership skills.  While at camp, students set up a cooperative and learn how power is generated when visiting a mine and coal plant. They learn leadership skills and the importance of protecting the environment. They also float the Colorado River, hike to Fish Creek Falls, and ride the gondola to the top of Mt. Werner.

More information can be found on the Colorado Rural Electric Association's website.

How to apply

By completing the application below you are applying for both of the programs listed above. DMEA will select one overall winner to attend the Rural Electric Youth Tour and five runner-up students, one from each area high school, to attend the Youth Leadership Camp. If selected, you will be notified in January.

Applicants must:

  • be between the ages of 16 and 18 at the time of the programs but not yet have graduated from high school;
  • be dependents of a DMEA member (your parents/guardians are DMEA members);
  • submit a completed application and a 500-word essay (details included in application packet)

Download your application:


Return your application to:
DMEA Youth Programs

PO Box 910

Montrose, CO 81402

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is now accepting applications for their 2016 academic scholarship program. Applicants must be dependents of a DMEA member and planning to enroll in or be enrolled full-time in an accredited college, university, or vocational school. Applications are available online here. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 29, 2016.

As a not-for-profit rural electric cooperative, DMEA operates according to seven guiding principles. One of those principles is Education, Training, and Information, which states “Cooperatives provide education and training for members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative.” DMEA’s scholarship program recognizes the importance of this principle and the role education plays in improving the lives of its members.

DMEA’s 2016 scholarship opportunities include:

- $1,500 to one graduate from each of these schools: Cedaredge High School, Hotchkiss High School, Olathe High School and Paonia High School;
- $1,500 to two graduates of Delta High School
- $1,500 to three graduates of Montrose High School
- $1,500 to one student in each county attending a non-traditional school, such as homeschool, VISION, VISTA and/or charter schools
- $1,500 to one student to attend Colorado Mesa University Montrose
- $1,500 to two students to attend Delta-Montrose Technical College
- $500 to two students from across the service territory, sponsored by Tri-State G&T
- $1,000 to one student from across the service territory, sponsored by Basin Electric Power Cooperative

DMEA awards all scholarships based on academic performance, extra-curricular and community activities, futures goals, and an assigned essay. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Applications must be received by close business (5:00pm) on Friday, January 29, 2016. Return completed applications to:

DMEA Scholarship Committee
Attn: Phil Sanchez
PO Box 910
Montrose, CO 81402

Applications may be submitted electronically For more information  review the scholarship information and application located under the community tab, or contact DMEA Communications: Phil Sanchez, (970) 240-1207, and Becky Mashburn (970) 240-1263, 


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