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The 2023 Mark W. Schwirtz Employee Memorial Scholarship Recipients Awarded by Golden Spread Electric Cooperative


Amarillo, Texas — Two students were selected as recipients of the Mark W. Schwirtz Employee Memorial Scholarship from Golden Spread Electric Cooperative and its Board of Directors.

The Mark Schwirtz Employee Memorial Scholarship was founded in 2021 by the Golden Spread Board of Directors to honor the service of the late Mark W. Schwirtz, former Golden Spread President and CEO. Schwirtz served as President and CEO for 12 years, from 2008 to March 2020 and in his tenure provided outstanding leadership as Golden Spread transformed from a utility primarily purchasing power to one directly in control of its own power supply.

Eligible applicants must be an employee or Director of Golden Spread or one of its Members, or have a parent or guardian who is an employee or Director of Golden Spread or one of its Members. A total of six recipients have received the scholarship since 2021. Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship to further their college education.

The two students who received scholarships in 2023 are:

· Kaden Boatright, son of Golden Spread employee Ty Boatright and his wife Staysha. Kaden plans to attend South Plains College and major in pre-engineering and then go on to Texas Tech and major in Petroleum Engineering.

· Addison Burkhalter, daughter of North Plains Electric Cooperative employee Jesse Burkhalter and his wife Ashley. Addison plans to attend Seward County Community College and become a Registered Nurse.

For more information about Golden Spread Electric Cooperative and its available scholarships, visit

Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a consumer-owned public utility organized in 1984 to provide electric service for rural distribution cooperative Members located in the Panhandle, South Plains and Edwards Plateau regions of Texas, the Panhandle of Oklahoma, Southwest Kansas and Southeast Colorado. Golden Spread is headquartered in Amarillo and delivers competitive energy solutions to its 16 Member Cooperatives through wind and solar resources and state-of-the-art power plants in Texas near Abernathy and Denver City.