(Pictured, from left: Brett Jallo, Nathan Faber, Keagan Lutje, Alex Marshall, Corey Sharr)

In May, EPUD awarded $15,000 in scholarships to five local students! Each of the recipients received a scholarship of $3,000 to assist them in pursuing a utility industry career. Please join us in congratulating the 2019 EmPOWERing Scholarship winners!

Brett Jallo – For as long as he can remember, Brett has wanted to be a lineman, just like some of the most influential people in his life. During his sophomore year in high school, he had the unique opportunity to climb a training power pole and take a ride in a bucket truck, and he later completed a job shadow with an EPUD line crew. Brett will attend Northwest Lineman College in Idaho this October, where his training to become a lineman will begin.

Nathan Faber – Last winter, an extended outage had Nathan thinking about future technologies that would allow homes to be powered by electric vehicles when the power goes out. That’s not surprising since Nathan is pursuing an engineering career. He’ll attend Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts this fall. Nathan hopes to help improve renewable energy technologies and increase the public’s use of clean energy. He’s also driven to develop better utility safety equipment.

Keagan Lutje – This fall, Keagan will attend Lane Community College and start an apprenticeship to work towards becoming an electrician. An honor student and varsity athlete, Keagan is no stranger to hard work. Living on a rural 210-acre ranch, he knows how important electrical workers are, especially after a storm. He views an electrical industry
career as a great way to give back to the community he loves.

Alex Marshall – Alex has a passion for diesel engines, and is excited to think someday in the future he could help develop engines to run on fuels like wood and agricultural waste. Alex will attend Montana State University Northern to study diesel technology. After he earns his degree, he hopes to start his career with a utility in maintaining and repairing their fleet and equipment.

Corey Sharr – Corey plans to attend the University of Oregon to study business and marketing, where he’s sure to find success. In high school, he was an honor student, active in sports and student government, and was elected class president. His natural talent for communication was further developed through his study with DECA, where he led their social media account and membership communication efforts.

Learn more about EPUD’s EmPOWERing Scholarships!