Starting his future off right
Christopher Kraft has big plans for the future. “I hope I can fulfill them, and make my mom and dad proud,” he says. A senior at Century High School, Christopher applied for and received the $1,000 student scholarship from Capital Electric Cooperative and Basin Electric Power Cooperative. In the Touchstone Energy® spirit of commitment to community, Capital Electric awards a scholarship annually to a child of one of its member-owners, with the goal of supporting area youth and developing future leaders.
“I’m trying to start myself off right for the future. I know you usually only get one chance to make it right,” he says. Christopher vied for the scholarship along with 21 other highly qualified students. In an independent process, judges analyzed the applicants’ academic performance, potential to succeed, leadership, participation in school and community activities, honors, a statement of education and career goals, work experience, and an outside referral.
The son of Capital Electric members Michael and Jean Kraft, Christopher is a board member for Students Against Destructive Decisions. He is involved in Sources for Strength, a school organization that promotes positivity, and Patriot Ambassadors, a program that eases the transition for new students. Christopher is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the parish of Ascension, where he helps to serve communion. He also plays football and throws javelin and shot put in track.
This fall, Christopher will attend the University of Mary, where he will play football and study health care administration. From there, he may go on to attend medical school or a physical therapy program.
“I really want to have a big influence on a lot of people, and bring a lot of joy to a lot of people. I feel like either would be a great way for me to do that,” he shares.
Christopher is currently making a difference working as a dietary aide at Maple View, a memory care unit for people who suffer from dementia.
“Working there has opened up my view on the realities of life, and unraveled a passion for the industry,” he says.
With graduation a couple weeks away, Christopher says he is excited for his future and thankful for the financial assistance he has received.
“College is not cheap anywhere,” he says. “It’s quite an honor to receive this scholarship. I’m very privileged and blessed to have received it.”
Capital Electric congratulates Christopher Kraft for earning this year’s scholarship. You’ve already made us proud!