From the Office of Coles Supervisor Martin Nohe
Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) are accepting applications for higher-education scholarships from high school and home school seniors who receive electricity from electric cooperatives.
NOVEC’s Scholarship Program
The NOVEC Scholarship Program will award $1,500 scholarships to qualified graduating public high school students in NOVEC’s service territory in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties, and in the City of Manassas Park.
An additional $1,500 scholarship will go to a student in NOVEC’s service territory who either attends private school or is home- schooled. From the scholarship winners, the committees will select the overall outstanding student for the $1,500 J. Manley Garber Scholarship. The recipient of this scholarship will receive a total of $3,000 to help with his or her college education.
Scholarship committees will look for students who have demonstrated scholastic achievement, community service, work experience, and leadership skills. Scholarship applicants must:
1. Be a college-bound high school senior whose parents or guardians currently receive electric service from NOVEC.
- Have at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and submit an official transcript that includes first-semester grades.
- Submit Student Achievement Test (SAT) scores; unofficial SAT scores will be accepted.
- Demonstrate a wide range of participation and leadership in extracurricular activities, community service, and/or workexperience.
- Submit two letters of recommendation – one from a high school official, such as a teacher or counselor; and one from acommunity member, such as a church or Scout leader.
- Submit a 400-word typed auto-biographical essay.
- Complete the NOVEC scholarship application and submit all required materials online at www.novec.com/Community/scholarships.cfm no later than March 18, 2014. This year for the first time, applications may not be mailed or hand-delivered since the entire process will be done electronically. Failure to submit a complete package electronically by the deadline will disqualify students from consideration.
NOVEC, headquartered in Manassas, is a not-for-profit corporation that supplies and distributes electricity and provides energy -related services to more than 153,000 customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford and Clarke counties, the City of Manassas Park, and the Town of Clifton, Virginia. It is one of the largest electric cooperatives of its kind in the nation. For more information about the NOVEC Scholarship Program, visit www.novec.com or contact Donna Snellings at [email protected], (703)392-1511 or 1(888)335-0500, ext. 1511.
High school and home school seniors whose parents or guardians are electric cooperative customer-owners in Virginia, Maryland or Delaware may apply for the 2014 VMDAEC educational scholarships. An applicant must be entering his or her first semester at a college or technical/trade school in autumn 2014.
The foundation will award $1,000 scholarships to students who have been selected based on financial need, academic achievement and personal statements. VMDAEC will send scholarship funds directly to a recipient’s chosen educational institution for help with tuition, room and board, student fees, or book purchasing.
Information regarding eligibility and application requirements is available online at www.vmdaec.com or www.co-opliving.com/ community/scholarship.htm.The application form must be submitted electronically to [email protected] no later than midnight on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. The application packet must be postmarked no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. The packet may be mailed to P. O. Box 2340 Glen Allen, VA 23058-2340, but it must be postmarked no later than midnight on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. Applicants may contact Pam Johnson, manager of continuing education and training, at [email protected] or (804)968-7153 for assistance with the application process.
In 2013, the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation Board awarded 50 scholarships totaling $50,000 to students in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. The Foundation is funded through tax-deductible donations from individuals and VMDAEC member electric cooperatives, and from fundraising events.
VMDAEC, based in Glen Allen, Virginia, provides training, communications, legislative and other services to NOVEC and 14 other electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.
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