Wyoming Students Benefit from Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Grant

December 6, 2012

The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation awarded $34,000 to the University of Wyoming during the past fiscal 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 a total of $726,476 to UW.

“The University of Wyoming does a great job preparing young adults for future success,” says Lilisa Hall, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation. “The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is pleased to support this organization that is integral to the community we serve.”

“Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is pleased to help provide educational opportunities to young adults,” says Leslie Blythe, Rocky Mountain Power customer and community manager. “The success of Wyoming students is essential to ensuring our communities continue to thrive. 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 and additional funding support other campus programs as well, including the College of Engineering and Applied Science Senior Design Symposium, Environment and Natural Resources, UW Art Museum, UW Service, Leadership and Community Engagement; and the UW/Casper College Center, among others.

“The University of Wyoming is pleased to acknowledge the generous support of the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation on behalf of our students,” says Joanna Carter, director of Student Financial Aid. “We greatly appreciate the long-standing relationship we share with Rocky Mountain Power. We recognize many students have benefitted from the excellent support Rocky Mountain Power has provided to them to meet their educational goals at the University of Wyoming. We genuinely look forward to working with the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation to assist students in the future.”

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation scholarship recipients for the 2012-13 academic year are as follows:

Cheyenne -- Randy Layton.

Cody -- Carter Nielsen.

Evanston -- Austin Kennedy.

Gillette -- Murphy Dutcher, Taylour Hinshaw, Nathan Driver and Kelsey Lunberg.

Laramie -- Sean Kidwiler, John May III and James Deines.

Pinedale -- Aunders Hallsten.

Rock Springs -- Todd Gray and Marlow Ogden.

Sundance -- Katie Wagaman.

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 www.rockymountainpower.net/foundation.

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