Rocky Mountain Power Supports First-Generation Students

Published: June 28, 2022 | Author: Kenzie Lundberg | Read Time: 2 minutes

Rocky Mountain Power presents check to SUUWith the goal to help first-generation students, the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation awarded Southern Utah University $10,000 in student scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation has supported SUU student scholarships for two decades with a primary focus on first-generation students. During this time, these scholarships have helped 92 students at SUU be the first in their families to pursue a dream of obtaining a college degree. Out of those students, 69 have completed their degree with an average GPA of 3.35.

“The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation helped me fulfill my dreams of being the first in my family to graduate with a degree,” said Makaylee Batty, finance major at SUU. “And as the first child in my family, I hope to inspire my younger siblings to go to college and the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation has given me the opportunity to do that.”

Students are eligible for the scholarship after meeting the following criteria. They must be enrolled at SUU and a first-generation student, meaning neither parent has a college degree. They must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate a financial need. Students are also likely to be from a rural community within the six-state region served by Rocky Mountain Power and its subsidiaries.

“We are very happy to continue to support SUU and these amazing students in their efforts to make a difference, not only in their lives, but in the world around them,” said Tom Heaton, regional business manager for Rocky Mountain Power. “These scholarships may currently help these first-generation students get a degree and complete their education, but the real impact will be seen in their families for generations to come.”

The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.8 million customers in six Western states as Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho) and Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Rocky Mountain Power and Pacific Power.

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