Mason Avery of Madison is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Basin Electric Power Cooperative based in Bismarck, N.D. He is the son of Rich and Liz Avery of Madison.
Basin Electric awards 180 scholarships per year to children of member cooperative employees across the region. Avery’s mother, Liz, works as the Human Resources and Administration Manager for East River Electric Power Cooperative in Madison, a Basin Electric member.
Mason will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to pursue a double major in Actuarial Science and Mathematics with a minor in Statistics. He was selected as one of only forty students for the Business Honors Academy at UNL. Throughout high school, Mason was very involved in band (marching, jazz and concert), football, basketball, track and field, Future Business Leaders of America and the National Honor Society. He also was active in Boy Scouts, reaching the honor of Eagle Scout, and volunteering with his local church. “I’d like to thank Basin and East River for making this scholarship possible,” said Mason. “This award will help me reach my goals. I look forward to attending UNL in the fall.”
“We congratulate Mason and his family on this incredible honor,” said East River Electric CEO/General Manager Tom Boyko. “Mason’s commitment to academics, athletics and his community shows his dedication to attaining his goals. We wish Mason well as he continues his education at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.”
Since the scholarship program began, over 3,000 students in the Basin Electric system have benefited from this program. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, a statement of education and career goals and an outside appraisal by a teacher or adviser.
Cutline: (Left to Right) Liz Avery and Mason Avery with his scholarship certificate.