“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 2018, SVEC will award ten $1,000 scholarships to students whose parents or guardians are member-owners of SVEC.
Furthering one’s education is the best investment for success in the future. The obstacles facing most students today are the rising costs associated with a college education.
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.
If you have any questions, please call Cammie Tutwiler or Preston Knight at (800) 234-7832.
VMDAEC Offers Scholarships
The application deadline for 2018 has passed. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 31, 2018.
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 2017, VMDAEC’s Scholarship Foundation awarded 58 scholarships as follows:
- 50 applicants received Worth M. Hudson Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each;
- 5 applicants received William M. Alphin Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each;
- 1 applicant received the C. D Hypes Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000;
- 1 applicant received the Gertrude Winston Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000;
- 1 applicant received the Paul Owen Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
Over the past 15 years, the Foundation has awarded 627 scholarships totaling $526,500.
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 www.smile.amazon.com 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 Nina Jacobs, Manager of Administrative Services, at email@example.com or 804-968-4084.