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NIPCO Announces 2020 Scholarship Awards

  • Posted: 04.21.2020

Four students have received scholarships from NIPCO and Basin Electric Power Cooperative for the 2020/2021 academic year.

Scholarships are reviewed by an outside, independent panel of judges and awarded based on academic performance, student activity, volunteerism, and character. In addition, each applicant must submit an essay, outlining his or her experience. Three scholarships are awarded to a dependent of a NIPCO employee and up to two are offered to dependents of an employee of a NIPCO Member Cooperative. NIPCO was pleased to award scholarships to the following individuals:

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO CHILDREN OF NIPCO EMPLOYEES:

  • Shelby Scheitler, daughter of NIPCO Chief Financial Officer Jane Scheitler and husband, Bill, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Shelby will be a Junior at Iowa State University and is pursuing a degree in Accounting.
  • Cole Berkenpas, son of NIPCO Crew Foreman Tom Berkenpas and wife, Michele, was named the recipient of an $850 scholarship from NIPCO. Cole will be a Senior at the University of Iowa in the fall and is working toward a double major in mathematics and mathematics education with a Spanish education endorsement.
  • Eric Spieler, son of NIPCO Chief Information Officer Steve Spieler and wife Denise, was awarded a $600 scholarship from NIPCO. Eric will be a Freshman at South Dakota State University and plans to major in Agriculture Systems technology.
 Photo collage featuring NIPCO scholarship winners. From left to right is Cole Berkenpas, Shelby Scheitler, and Eric Spieler

SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO CHILDREN OF NIPCO MEMBER COOPERATIVE EMPLOYEES:

Colby Andersen

NIPCO also awarded a $600 academic scholarship to Colby Andersen, son of Harrison County REC Sub Foreman Jim Andersen and his wife, Lois. Colby will be a Sophomore at Iowa State University and is working toward a degree in Agricultural Studies.

Congratulations to all of NIPCO’s scholarship winners!