Hesse earns cooperative scholarship

Natasha Hesse

Natasha Hesse has goals, and Capital Electric Cooperative members are helping her meet them. A senior at Century High School in Bismarck, Natasha says she is very aware of how student debt can build up fast.

“My goal for my college education is to try to pay for at least half of all my expenses,” she says. She’s well on her way for the first year. The daughter of Capital Electric members Steve and Xiomara Hesse, Natasha applied for and received the $1,000 student scholarship from Capital Electric and Basin Electric Power Cooperative. In the Touchstone Energy® Cooperative 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.

Natasha vied for the scholarship along with 16 other highly qualified students. Reviewed through an independent process, the 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.

During her high school career, Natasha has been involved in at least 14 extracurricular activities, many of which have included leadership positions such as president and student adviser. She has served as captain for Science Olympiad for the past three years and helped the club place at the state competition. Involved in Patriot Ambassadors, show choir, jazz choir, “regular” choir, wind ensemble and much more, Natasha says her schedule is crammed yet organized.

Interested in anatomy and the medical field in general, Natasha plans to take a course at Bismarck State College this summer to become a certified nursing assistant. In the fall, she’ll attend South Dakota State University in Brookings, with plans to eventually become a pediatrician or obstetrician.

“Ever since I was little, I’ve loved helping people,” she says. “When my brother was born, I wanted to be really involved in taking care of him. I always had that strong desire to take care of people; especially younger kids.”

Natasha knows the competition is fierce among students who apply for scholarships, and she thanks the Capital Electric membership for providing this opportunity to a student in the cooperative’s service area.

“I’m really honored they picked me out of all the people who applied. I know some of my classmates are just as qualified as I am if not more, and I’m thrilled,” she concludes. Capital Electric congratulates Natasha Hesse for earning this year’s student scholarship. We are proud to play a small role in how she will help countless people in the future.

Natasha Hesse, Capital Electric Cooperative’s scholarship recipient, will attend South Dakota State University in Brookings to pursue a degree in the medical field. After researching accredited nursing programs and college rankings, she toured SDSU and was completely blown away. “Their nursing program specifically is one of the best,” she says. “I’m really excited.”

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