Grand Valley Power awards mineworker scholarship

Grand Valley Power has awarded its latest scholarship to assist a Mesa County resident pursuing a career in the electric lineworker industry and attending Western Colorado Community College in Grand Junction.

Grand Valley Power awarded the 2021 scholarship of $2,000 to Coy Sears.

Sears graduated from Fruita Monument High School in December. He attended WCCC and received certification in emergency medical response. He was also an active member of the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) and Tri-County Rodeo Team for five years.  Sears volunteered with the Grand Junction Fire Department and learned skills that will complement his career as an electric lineworker.

Since 1996, Grand Valley Power has awarded more than $230,000 to students continuing their education. 

“Providing our community with opportunities to further their education is one of seven cooperative principles, and it remains close to GVP’s heart,” said Christmas Wharton, communications manager at Grand Valley Power. “We are proud to award exceptional students like Coy who aspire to further their education.”

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