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Cohasset, Minn. – Lake Country Power is pleased to announce 29 local high school seniors from 29 different schools have been awarded the Lake Country Power 2021 Les Beach Memorial Scholarship. The Les Beach Memorial Scholarship honors a former co-op employee and recognizes student commitment and contribution to local communities.  

The $4,000 scholarships, issued at $500 per semester for four years, will help the following graduating seniors pursue their college plans and career dreams:

  • Lynnsey Schatz: Barnum School
  • Jayna LeBrasseur: Carlton School
  • Natalie Jensen: Cherry School
  • Zachary Quirk: Chisholm School
  • Nathan Genereau: Cloquet School
  • Eliana Anderson: Cromwell-Wright School
  • Josephine Drotts: Deer River School
  • Jaclyn Knaus: East Range Academy
  • Julia Schwinghamer: Ely-Memorial Secondary School 
  • Sarah Stueber: Esko School
  • Addison Johnson: Eveleth-Gilbert School
  • Tamera Lundstrom: Floodwood
  • Charli Seelye: Grand Rapids School
  • Benjamin Carpenter: Greenway-Coleraine School
  • Nicholas Mattson: Hermantown School
  • Medea Clusiau: Hibbing School
  • Hunter Ahonen: Hill City School
  • Trevor Gauthier: McGregor Secondary School 
  • Kansas Neari: Mesabi East School
  • Grace Stephenson: Moose Lake School
  • Beau Tapio: Mountain Iron-Buhl School
  • Starr Stockwell: Nashwauk-Keewatin School
  • Brynn Simpson: North Woods School
  • Megan McCartney: Northern Lights Community School
  • Carson Johnson: Northland Remer School  
  • Jayden Shaw: Proctor School
  • Stephanie Kowalski: Virginia School
  • Dylan Hybben: At Large category
  • Paul Schafbuch: Home school

The Les Beach Memorial Scholarship is available to local students from more than 35 area high schools. Qualified students must be co-op members through their parents or legal guardians who receive electricity services from Lake Country Power.

The electronic application process for high school seniors will open again, January 1, 2022, when qualifying high school seniors may apply for next year’s scholarships. The online application will be available from the cooperative’s website at

The Les Beach Memorial Scholarship is made possible through unclaimed capital credits. The State of Minnesota permits electric cooperatives like Lake Country Power to use unclaimed funds for charitable purposes, such as scholarships.

Lake Country Power also offers $1,000 scholarships to five area community college foundations and three Minnesota lineworker schools to support students in trade schools and community/technical college programs. Applications for these scholarships are available directly through the colleges.