Capital Electric awards $1,000 scholarship

As part of its commitment to community and area youth, Capital Electric Cooperative (CEC) awards a $1,000 scholarship every year to a student who demonstrates academic and extracurricular achievement.

Funded by Basin Electric Power Cooperative, the scholarship is available to children of electric cooperative members. CEC is proud to announce the recipient of this year’s scholarship, Ashley Guthmiller.

A member of the 2021 class at Legacy High School, Guthmiller is a girl with big ambitions. And, she says playing basketball has helped prepare her for the work ahead.

“Basketball taught me a lot about work ethic and grit, and its really pushed me to keep trying and working harder, even when I wanted to quit,” says Guthmiller. “I think that's a skill that you can use in all aspects of your life. Just when things get difficult, push through and find that work ethic to try to keep improving.”

This fall, Guthmiller will take that drive to the University of North Dakota, where she will study accounting.

“Math is something I've enjoyed throughout my school years,” says Guthmiller. “I took an accounting and some other finance classes at Legacy, and I really enjoyed them. I think finances always interested me, and it would be fun to help businesses and people with their own finances.”

Upon graduation, she plans to get her certified public accountant (CPA) designation before pursuing some big goals. “I’ve considered going back to school and getting a master’s degree or working in forensic accounting,” says Guthmiller. “Down the line, when I have the experience and education, I’d would love to become a chief financial officer.”

Guthmiller competed against 18 worthy candidates for this year’s scholarship. The judges awarded the scholarship to Guthmiller due to her outstanding academic achievements and community involvement. A member of the National Honor Society, Guthmiller held a 4.1188 grade point average at the time she submitted her application. She graduated with honors in May.

“On behalf of Capital Electric Cooperative, I would like to congratulate Ashley on her achievements,” says General Manager Paul Fitterer. “She is more than deserving of this award, and we are happy to help fund her bright future.”

The Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Member Cooperative Program is designed to encourage and recognize the achievements of the children of member cooperative employees and consumers. Each year, the program awards 137 scholarships to children of member cooperative consumers. CEC is a proud to participate as a member-cooperative. For more information, visit


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