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Wyoming Students Benefit from Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Grant

November 11, 2011

The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation awarded $33,250 to the University of Wyoming during the past academic year for education and research programs and for scholarships for entering freshmen from Wyoming communities.

Rocky Mountain Power and the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation have gifted $685,476 to UW since 1991.

"The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation allocates grants to organizations that best serve community interests," says Lilisa Hall, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation. "The University of Wyoming does a great job preparing young adults for future success in the real world."

"Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is happy to help provide educational opportunities to young adults because the success of Wyoming students is essential to ensuring that our communities continue to thrive," says Matt Grant, Rocky Mountain Power customer and community manager. "College students represent a part of the future of Wyoming and we're investing in them by providing scholarships and program funding to the University of Wyoming."

The grant also supports other campus programs, including the College of Engineering and Applied Science Senior Design Symposium, Environment and Natural Resources, UW Art Museum, UW Center for Volunteer Service and the UW/Casper College Center, among others.

"The University of Wyoming greatly appreciates the generous support of the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation," says Tammy Aagard, interim director of Student Financial Aid. "Our longstanding relationship with this exceptional organization has benefitted numerous students in support of their educational goals at the University of Wyoming. We look forward to partnering with this group in support of students for many years to come."

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation scholarship recipients for the 2011-12 academic year are:

Buffalo -- Lindsay Nimick.

Casper -- Warren Morton.

Cheyenne -- David Crane, Joseph Determann, Margaret Lewis, Lauren Sweeten.

Gillette -- Hannah Thorfinnson.

Laramie -- George Wheeler.

Pinedale -- Jo'Lee Springman.

Rawlins -- Jared Craig, Anthony DeMillard.

Rock Springs -- Alex Kiedrowski.

Thermopolis -- Reid Odde.

About the University of Wyoming Foundation:

The University of Wyoming Foundation is an independent, nonprofit corporation dedicated to securing, managing, and stewarding private gifts in support of the University of Wyoming's missions in teaching, research and public service. As the state's premier four-year institution of higher education, private support from alumni and friends has never been more important.

About the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation:

The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is part of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.7 million customers in six Western states as Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho) and Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California). The foundation's mission, through charitable investments, is to support growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power. For more information, visit

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