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SVEC 2012 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 $60,000 to the community.  During the spring of 2012 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 attend a high school located in the areas served by the Cooperative. 

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.  

The eligibility requirements and judging criteria are outlined in the application form that will be  available at any SVEC office or the students’ school guidance department after December 5.  All applications and essays must be delivered personally to SVEC’s Mt. Crawford office by 4:30 p.m. on February 24, 2012, or postmarked no later than February 24, 2012.


Scholarship Application ( 121 KB)


VMDAEC Scholarship Information


High school seniors whose parents or guardians are consumer-members of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, and whose primary residence is served by the cooperative, are eligible to apply now for the 2012 Educational Scholarship to be awarded by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives’ (VMDAEC) Educational Scholarship Foundation Board.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on a combination of the following weighted criteria: financial need at 40 percent; academic achievement at 40 percent; and personal statement at 20 percent. Applicants must be entering a post-high-school educational institution as a freshman in the fall of 2012. The scholarship must be used to pay for tuition, fees and books.

Applications for 2012 scholarships are available below.  If mailed, application form and all required supporting documents must be included in the same envelope and must be postmarked no later than Monday, April 2, 2012. If the application packet is hand-delivered, it must be received in the VMDAEC office no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, April 2, 2012. Applications that are postmarked after April 2 or hand-delivered after 4 p.m. on April 2 will not be eligible for consideration. If additional information is needed, please call 804-968-7153.

In 2011, the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation Board awarded 30 scholarships totaling $30,000 to deserving students throughout Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Since its inception in 2000, 319 students have received VMDAEC scholarships totaling $228,500. The Foundation is funded through tax-deductible donations from individuals and VMDAEC member electric cooperatives, and also from the proceeds of events such as the annual Educational Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament. The number of scholarships awarded each year is based on the funds available.

Founded in 1944, VMDAEC is the trade association for Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative and the 14 other not-for-profit electric distribution cooperatives serving the Mid-Atlantic region. It is based in Glen Allen, Va., and provides safety and employee training, governmental relations and legislative and communications services, including the publishing of Cooperative Living magazine, for its member co-ops.

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VMDAEC Scholarship ( 608 KB)