Mitchell Jacobsma, of Sioux Center, is a recipient of a $1,000 Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) scholarship. Jacobsma is graduating this year from Sioux Center High School.
Graduating high school seniors whose families are customers of MRES’ member municipal electric systems are eligible for the scholarships, which MRES awards annually. Jacobsma’s family is a customer of Sioux Center Municipal Utilities, an MRES member.
“We know Mitchell will represent the community we serve well as he continues in his education and future plans,” said Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Hulstein.
Jacobsma is the son of Mark and Paula Jacobsma, of Sioux Center. He plans to attend Iowa State University in Ames this fall and study mechanical engineering. If Jacobsma meets certain performance criteria each year, he is eligible to renew his 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 is pleased to recognize their achievements and we are confident they will make great contributions in the future.”
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, goals and plans. In Jacobsma’s application essay for the scholarship, he wrote that having a community-owned power utility is important to his family and the community.
“Having our own city provide us with electricity makes the prices cheaper and more affordable for everybody in the community,” Jacobsma wrote. “Not only that, but it also makes it more personal for the electricity providers if they are responding to problems or providing other services, as they are serving the same community that they live in.”
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.
Photo: Mitchell Jacobsma, right, is congratulated by Sioux Center Municipal Utilities Manager Murray Hulstein, left.