LEXINGTON — Dawson Public Power District has awarded Weston Kunkee a $1,500 Utility Line scholarship to pursue their degree. Kunkee is a graduate of Callaway High School and the child of Dean and Angie Kunkee.
He plans to pursue his degree in utility line at Mitchell Technical Institute in South Dakota.
“I respect that (utility line) is hard work, and I am more than ready for it,” Kunkee wrote. “I feel good knowing that when I do this, I will be helping other people in the area out.”
The Dawson PPD Utility Line Scholarship has been awarded to one student annually since 2001.
“Dawson PPD is proud to offer this scholarship to help build the next generation of lineworkers,” said Dawson PPD Communications Specialist Chelsea Gengenbach. “These students learn the basics of electrical distribution with an emphasis on safety. It better prepares them for their career and makes a great first impression for an employer.”
Dawson Public Power District is a Nebraska rural electric utility system that serves south central Nebraska along the Platte River Valley. Organized in 1937, Dawson PPD provides service to more than 23,000 electric meters and maintains over 5,800 miles of power lines. The district’s 5,800 square miles territory includes all of the rural areas in Dawson and Buffalo Counties, approximately two-thirds of Gosper County, a third of Lincoln County and parts of Custer, Sherman and Frontier Counties. Dawson PPD also serves several villages including Hershey, Maxwell, Brady, Farnam, Eustis, Elwood, Eddyville, Smithfield, Overton, Sumner, Miller, Riverdale, Amherst, Odessa and Pleasanton. To learn more, visit www.DawsonPower.com.