Winners Selected in MMUA Tom Bovitz Scholarship Contest

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Winners Selected in MMUA Tom Bovitz Scholarship Contest

April 27, 2021

The MMUA Tom Bovitz Memorial Scholarship Contest winners were selected Tuesday, April 27.  The top four essays in the 21st annual contest are:

First Place: Geoffrey Skeim, Princeton

Second Place: Karl Pederson, Elk River

Third Place: Derek Brown, Rochester

Fourth Place: McKenna Thompson, Sauk Centre

The first-place scholarship carries an award of $2,000, second place $1,500, third place $1,000 and fourth place $500.

The contest was created as a public relations tool to increase the awareness of public power and create goodwill in the community for the local municipally-owned utility. Essay theme was “Municipal Utilities: Good for All of Us.” 

The essays were initially submitted to the governing body of the local utility. Winners of the local contests were then entered in the statewide contest. Judges included five MMUA member utility representatives and one MMUA staff member. Judges ranked their top four essays, point values were assigned and winners selected.

After tallying points, there was a tie for first place. Applying an existing procedure, Princeton was declared the first-place winner due to having garnered more first place votes.

The award is named in honor of the late Tom Bovitz, a firm believer in the value of education, who was a former general manager of Hibbing Public Utilities and MMUA president. MMUA, headquartered in Plymouth, represents the interests of the state’s 124 municipally-owned electric and 33 municipally-owned gas utilities.

MMUA thanks all its members who forwarded contest materials to their local schools and all contest entrants.

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