Derek Ten Pas of Sioux Center is a recipient of a $1,000 Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) scholarship. Ten Pas is a 2018 graduate of Sioux Center High School.
Graduating high school seniors whose families are customers of MRES’ 61 member municipal electric systems are eligible for the scholarships, awarded annually. Ten Pas’ family is a customer of Sioux Center Municipal Utilities.
“We know Derek will represent the community we serve well as he continues in his education and future plans. We are pleased to recognize a local student of his caliber with this scholarship,” said Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Hulstein.
Ten Pas is the son of Darryl and Karen Ten Pas, of Sioux Center. He plans to attend Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. If Ten Pas meets the criteria each year, he will be eligible to renew this MRES scholarship for up to three additional years.
“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 retained an independent company to select winners. Academic achievement accounted for 50 percent of the selection criteria. Other factors included work experiences, activities, honors, career goals and plans. Applicants also provided a narrative about their municipal utility.
Ten Pas wrote about the local power outage on November 21, 2015, explaining how local electric crews were able to respond quickly.
“The quick response times however are not the only benefit of locally owned electric utilities. These services save the City of Sioux Center around half a million dollars per year,” he added.
MRES, headquartered in Sioux Falls, supplies wholesale electricity and energy services to 61 member communities — including Sioux Center — in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.