Scholarship Program

We provide scholarships for traditional and non-traditional students

Gunnison County Electric Association (GCEA) has provided student scholarships for decades thanks to:

  • Unclaimed patronage capital
  • The generosity of members
  • The Allen, Somrak, and Drake families
  • Tri-State Generation and Transmission
  • Individual directors
  • GCEA employees

A student is eligible to receive a scholarship if the student, their parent, legal guardian, or foster home receives electrical service from GCEA.

How to Apply



2023 Scholarship applications can be submitted starting January 16, 2023.

2023 Scholarship Application deadline is March 1, 2023.

First-time applicants must fill out an application form and provide the following information:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • High school or college transcripts
  • List of high school and community activities
  • A 200-word essay or 3-minute video explaining what being part of an electric cooperative means to you

First-time non-traditional students do not need to submit high school transcripts or a list of high school activities.

Returning college students who previously received a GCEA scholarship are eligible for continued funding if they meet certain academic requirements.

  • Return applicants must fill out a return student application and submit an original certified college transcript every year to receive a scholarship.
  • *Students who do not submit the application portion will not receive a scholarship*

*5-year scholarship award limit*

Additional Requirements

Students may apply for scholarships to be applied towards any form of higher education, including community colleges and universities; trade schools; online schools; and international programs. Schools must be accredited.

  • The scholarship must be used within the school year.
  • Students must have a 2.0 or higher GPA to be eligible to receive a GCEA scholarship.
  • Applications should be mailed to GCEA PO Box 180, Gunnison, CO 81230 or emailed to GCEA.

Contributions & Questions

GCEA members may contribute to the scholarship fund through our Operation Round-up® program. Visit our Operation Round-Up® page for more information.

For questions, please call (970) 641-3520.

Scholarship Recipients

Emails were sent to students to notify them of the value of their scholarship.