Patricia King, of Sioux Center, is a recipient of a $1,000 Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) scholarship. King is a 2017 graduate of Sioux Center High School.
Graduating high school seniors whose families are customers of MRES member municipal electric systems are eligible for the annual MRES scholarships. King’s family is a customer of Sioux Center Municipal Utilities.
“Serving our community with municipally-owned utilities means we are a part of people’s every day lives. We are pleased this scholarship has been awarded to one of those people, an outstanding student who will represent Sioux Center well as she continues her education,” said Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Hulstein.
King wrote in her scholarship application that Sioux Center Municipal Utilities provide many benefits to Sioux Center residents including prompt service and inexpensive rates.
“Customer management is impeccably positive because the employees are ones that live and interact with the people they serve,” King added.
King plans to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder, to study aerospace engineering with a minor in Spanish. She will participate in the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
King is the daughter of Michael and Colleen King, of Sioux Center.
For the MRES scholarship, academic achievement accounted for 50 percent of the selection criteria. The balance included work experiences, activities, awards and honors, and career goals and plans. Applicants also provided a brief narrative about their municipal utility.
“Our scholarship recipients are outstanding students and they have proven themselves to be assets to their schools and communities,” said MRES Member Services and Communications Director Joni Livingston. “MRES is pleased to recognize their achievements and we are confident they will make great contributions in the future.”
Recipients who meet certain performance criteria each year are eligible to renew their MRES scholarships for up to three additional years.
MRES, headquartered in Sioux Falls, supplies wholesale electricity and energy services to 60 member communities — including Sioux Center — in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.