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SVEC Scholarship Information

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest” – Benjamin Franklin.

Since 1992, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) has awarded scholarships to deserving high school seniors in the region that it serves. These students have earned the scholarships with excellence in the classroom, extracurricular activities, and contributions to the community. In the years since the scholarship has been awarded, the Cooperative has given back more than $80,000 to the community. During the spring of 2019, SVEC will award scholarships to students whose parents or guardians are member-owners of SVEC.

The goal of SVEC’s scholarship program is to make a student’s dream of higher education become a reality. The only requirements for a student to apply for the scholarship are that their parents, or guardians, must be member-owners of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative and the student must be a high school senior.

Students will be judged for the scholarship based on a number of criteria. The three most important criteria will be the quality of the essay provided by the student, participation in school/community activities, and the quality of their high school course load. Other information used to judge the applicants will be letters of reference and grade point average. It is important to note that the first step in the judging process is a blind review of the essays. The judges have no information (including name, high school, or gender) regarding who wrote the essays at this point. Based on the essays, the judges will narrow the applicant pool before reviewing all other information submitted with the application.


Application for 2019

The deadline to apply for a 2019 scholarship has passed. Scholarship recipients will be notified in late April!

Meet the 2018 Winners!

Read about 2016 scholarship recipient Grace Blanchard’s experience with the program!

If you have any questions, please call Cammie Tutwiler or Preston Knight at (800) 234-7832 or email


VMDAEC Offers Scholarships

These scholarships, valued at $1,000 each, are awarded by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives’ (VMDAEC) Education Scholarship Foundation to high school or home school senior whose primary residence is served by an electric cooperative.

The application deadline has passed for 2019.

The Scholarship Foundation’s board of directors will select recipients based on a combination of the following weighted criteria: financial need at 40%; academic achievement at 40%; personal statement at 20%. Preference will be given to applicants who indicate a planned career as a line worker.

In 2018, VMDAEC’s Scholarship Foundation awarded 56 scholarships. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded 683 scholarships totaling $582,500.

Donations to this program are welcomed! The Scholarship Foundation can accept tax-deductible donations and also participates in the Amazon Smile program. To use this option, visit to create an account and enter “VMDAEC Education Scholarship Foundation” as the name of the charitable organization. Questions about donations and the application process should be directed to Sam Brumberg at