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 2016 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Scholarship Recipient
Klint Braun of Jefferson City is the recipient of the 2015 Gilbert G. Hilkemeyer Scholarship awarded by Three Rivers Electric Cooperative. Graduating in May from Helias Catholic High School, Klint has a grade point average of 3.9 and is ranked 46th in his class of 158 students. He is the grandson of Donnie and Delores Braun of Jefferson City.
Klint has been accepted at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg where he will work toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Music Technology. His goal is to complete the requirements for music education as well so he can either teach music or be a digital composer. In order to obtain hands-on experience working in the field of music, Klint says he plans on getting an internship after his junior year in college. “I plan to open a recording studio business in the midwest region,” he said. “Using my degree, my dream profession is to become a music producer. I will eventually become an entrepreneur.”
A member of the “A” Honor roll, Klint is also in the top 25 percent of his class, has more than 30 hours of dual credit, and has finished six advanced placement classes. He has earned the National Honor Society Character Award, leadership and service awards, and has completed two years of Spanish coursework. He has also been involved in numerous extra-curricular activities including: President of the Sports Medicine Club, President of the Ping Pong Club, Publicity Chair of Club International, served four years on Student Council, a member of the boys’ varsity tennis team, a member of National Honor Society, was a member of the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Club, Student Ambassador for four years, a member of the Math Team, was a part of the U.S. Constitution Project, and earned varsity letters in sports medicine, boys’ tennis, and as the manager of the girls’ tennis team.
Klint was also in the spring musical, talent show, was a tenor in concert choir, went on mission trips, an honor roll student, named as student of the month, Missouri Boys’ State Nominee, Junior Young Life Leader, Retreat Leader – Luke 18 and Timothy 4, and a music producer. He also sings, and plays guitar and piano. In addition, he has worked 2,000 hours during the summer months at the storage units owned by Donnie Braun and Sons Auto Repair/Braun Investment of Jefferson City. He has also worked at Subway in Jefferson City and as a babysitter.
There were a total of 76 applications received this year and eight 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 program were: Stan Varner, an education specialist with Central Electric Power Cooperative in Jefferson City; Vicki Nelson, a loan officer with Mid America Bank in Belle; and Gabe Hulsey, owner of Redwood Financial Group in Jefferson City.
The Hilkmeyer Scholarship is renewable for a second year if the student meets specific grade point qualifications.