Scholar of the Month

Scholar of the Month

Scholar of the Month Program

The Scholar of the Month program for the 2015-16 school year was a success. There were 8 students selected.  Through this program, those students donated a total of $800 back to various programs at their local schools. At the Scholar of the Year banquet in May, the names of those monthly scholars who attended the banquet were entered into a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship. Tegan Hicks, a student at Redwood Valley High school, was drawn as the winner of the $1,000 scholarship. Renville-Sibley will continue this program for the 2016-17 school year.

As a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Renville-Sibley is founded on the four pillars of Integrity, Accountability, Innovation and a Commitment to Community. Based on these principles, we would like to recognize those high school students who also share these same values.

Here is how the program works. Each month, teachers from the local school districts will nominate a high school senior from their school who demonstrates outstanding academic, school and community achievements. Each school may submit one name per month. The teacher will complete a form documenting how that student meets the Touchstone Energy principles listed above. One name will be drawn each month from those names submitted from the schools with one student being awarded a $100 donation to be given to the student’s school on their behalf. The student chooses which program the donation should be given to at their school (music, sports, arts, etc.). The program will run from September through April. A banquet will be held in May for those students selected (and their family) throughout the year. One student will be selected from these candidates, by random drawing, as the winner of a $1,000 scholarship from Renville-Sibley. The scholarship money will be sent directly to the post-secondary school they will be attending in the fall.

The monthly winners will be featured on their local radio station (KLGR, KOLV or KNUJ), an ad placed in their local newspaper as well as Renville-Sibley’s newsletter, Cooperative Connections.

The program runs from September 2016 thru April 2017. Teachers will submit nominations to Renville-Sibley by the last day of each month to be entered into the drawing. The Scholar for that month will be selected by the 10th of the following month. Radio and newspaper promotions will follow.

We are excited to learn more about all of our outstanding high school seniors!