High West Energy has announced the recipients of its 2014 college scholarships.

High West Energy’s scholarship award program was created to encourage and assist in the educational pursuits of the co-op’s members and their families.

Brian Heithoff, CEO/general manager of High West Energy said "These scholarships are one of many ways we strive to demonstrate to the members and local communities that we are always looking out for them."

.For students to be considered, their parents or legal guardians must be current members of the cooperative. An independent panel of judges reviews each application and determines the winners based on GPA, ACT scores, community service and/or work experience, letters of recommendation and an essay.

High West Energy will award seven scholarships valued at $1,000 each and three scholarships valued at $500 each for a total of $8,500. This year’s recipients are:

Austin Burson, Pawnee Junior/Senior High School
Brody Cress, Cheyenne East High School
Ben Hostetler, Banner County High School
Steven LeBlanc, Cheyenne East High School
Cassady Malm, Burns Junior/Senior High School
Matthew Murphy, Burns Junior/Senior High School
Taylor Kirkbride, Burns Junior/Senior High School

Carly Eastman, Chadron State College
Kelsey Ross, Lewis-ClarkState College
Trent Timm, Pawnee Junior/Senior High School