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In 1990, Three Rivers Electric Cooperative started an annual scholarship in honor of former Manager Gilbert G. Hilkemeyer.

The scholarship is for $1,000, renewable for the second year, and is designed to assist a student who will be paying part or all of the cost of a college education. The student must be a senior in high school whose parents or guardians are members of Three Rivers Electric Cooperative.

Applications are mailed to all area high school counselors in the fall after the start of the school year. An application deadline is set at that time.

A committee will meet to choose the applicants they want to interview. After the interviews, the committee will choose the winner who will be notified around the first of May.

Click here to print the 2014 Scholarship Application.  For more information on the Gilbert G. Hilkemeyer scholarship or to request an application by postal mail, contact Marketing and Technical Services at 573-644-9000 or send an e-mail to vlange@threeriverselectric.com.

2013 Scholarship Recipient

Renata Muenks, a senior at Fatima High School in Westphalia, is the recipient of the 2013 Gilbert G. Hilkemeyer Scholarship. She is the daughter of Warren and Deborah Muenks of Bonnots Mill.
Renata plans to attend University of Missouri - Columbia and major in speech and language disorders. "I am sypathethic to anyone who cannot communicate effectively due to a speech or language impairment because I know such impairments can be corrected or at least improved," she said. "I know God is calling me to this career path and cannot visualize myself pursuing any other vocation."

There were a total of 51 applications received this year and five students were interviewed by a panel of three judges. The judges look for students who not only have good grades and good ACT scores, but are involved in their community and are helping to pay their way through college.

Judges this year were Mary Davis, from the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives in Jefferson City, Donna Haslag from Linn Printing, and Mike Engelbrecht a Trustee for Three Rivers' Helping Hands Community Foundation.

The Hilkmeyer Scholarship is renewable for a second year if the student meets specific grade point qualifications.