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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 2015 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

2014 Scholarship Recipient

Lindsay Kilgore, a senior at Linn High School, is the recipient of the 2014 Gilbert G. Hilkemeyer Scholarship. She resides with her sister and brother-in-law, Diedre and Tim Scheulen of Linn.
Lindsay plans to attend Missouri State University in Springfield and have a double major in business and graphic arts.  In addition to being a good student, Lindsay was also very involved in extra-curricular and community activities.  She served as Student Council President, Senior Class Vice-President, FFA Reporter, and Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook.  She was also a member of the Art Club, Athletic Club, National Honor Society, FCCLA, RAK, and Trend-SADD.  Lindsay played basketball her freshman year, was cheer captain her senior year, and played softball all four years.

In the community, Lindsay was a volunteer with the Healing Horses Therapeutic riding Center, the softball concession stand, and church picnics.  Lindsay has also received numerous awards during high school. In her FFA Chapter, she has received the State Degree, Greenhand Degree, Chapter Degree, and her proficiency went to State.  She has received the Good Conduct Award and the Honor Roll Award and earned the top student award in College Algebra, Algebra 2 and Geometry.  

There were a total of 76 applications received this year and seven 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 for the scholarship were Stan Varner, an education specialist at Central Electric Power Cooperative in Jefferson City; Toleda Jett, an employee with the State’s Department of Social Services from Belle; and Robert Kucsik, who works at Community Point Bank in Eugene.

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