Kelly de la Torre
Kelly de la Torre and her daughter, Gabbi

The WENCO Scholarship Fund was established in memory of former founding member of Women In Energy, Kelly de la Torre. Kelly was a prominent professional in Colorado focused on utilizing scientific innovation to advance the energy industry. As a practicing attorney, she facilitated all aspects of  the commercialization of new technologies. Kelly was passionate about helping women advance in the energy industry, dedicated to making the world a better place through outreach and education and she firmly believed that fostering scientific innovation at a young age would inspire and empower children to pursue a meaningful career in science and technology. 

Through this scholarship fund and outreach with local and national partnerships, our members volunteer their time to share their passion and introduce young women to STEM so we can develop their interests in subjects that will lead them to succeed. STEM education is vital to developing a diverse, creative future workforce and plays a key role in the long-term sustainability of our industry.

Since 2019, WENCO has awarded $30,250 in scholarship funding to students in Colorado. The scholarships are awarded to local, female high school students to help them achieve their undergraduate degrees. These scholarship funds give students the financial means to pay for school while cultivating and developing our future energy workforce at the same time.

At our Annual Luncheon & Scholarship Awards event in 2022, WENCO was please to grant a special gift of $5,000 to Kelly's daughter, Gabriella de la Torre, who will graduate from high school in May 2023. It was truly a full-circle moment and we couldn't have been more honored.



Application Process

2024 Luncheon

Please note that if the below requirements are not fully met, WENCO won’t be able to consider you for a scholarship.  

  • Must identify as female, attend high school, grade level is senior, and reside in Colorado,
  • Must be a S.T.E.M. major with an intent to focus studies or pursue a career in energy,
  • Must have an average 3.5 GPA (unweighted) with proof from high school transcript and high school administrator’s contact information,
  • Must plan to attend an accredited 4-year university,
  • Must have two (2) letters of recommendation that includes contact information for them and are not relatives (references must be 21 or older). 

The application process for 2024 is now closed. Please check back in February 2025 for details about the next round of funding. If you have any questions, email Thank you for your efforts to inspire and celebrate women in Colorado!



Past Recipients

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Faith Lee Brendefur (2019)


Megan Maley (2019)
Izzy Richie (2020)
Makenna Turner (2020)
Erin Kelly (2021)


Neve Schneider (2021)


Peyton Hoyt (2022)


Carly Piccoli (2022)


Gabriella de la Torre (2022)
Ana Valdez Quiroga (2023)
Jessica Wilcox (2023)