NOVEC and its Electric Co-op Association are Offering Higher-Education Scholarships

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Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives are offering higher-education scholarships to public, private, and home-schooled high school seniors who receive electricity from electric cooperatives. Applications for NOVEC’s scholarships are due Wednesday, March 13. VMDAEC applications are due Friday, Feb. 8. Students may apply to both organizations.

NOVEC Scholarship Program

The NOVEC Scholarship Program will award 10 $1,500 college scholarships to qualified graduating public high school students in NOVEC’s service territory in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties, and the City of Manassas Park. Another $1,500 scholarship will go to a student in NOVEC’s service territory who either attends private school or is home schooled. In addition, the overall outstanding student will receive the $1,500 J. Manley Garber Scholarship, for a total of $3,000 in college assistance.

Selection committees will select students who have demonstrated scholastic achievement, community service, work experience, and leadership skills.

A scholarship applicant must:

  1. Be a college-bound high school senior whose parents or guardians receive electric service from NOVEC.
  2. Have at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and submit an official transcript that includes first-semester grades.
  3. Submit Student Achievement Test (SAT) scores or ACT scores. Unofficial scores will be accepted.
  4. Demonstrate a wide range of participation and leadership in extracurricular activities, community service, and/or work experience.
  5. Submit two letters of recommendation, one from a high school official, such as a teacher or counselor, and one from a community member, such as a, coach, work supervisor, or religious or Scout leader.
  6. Submit a 350 to 400-word typed autobiographical essay.
  7. List the colleges/universities he or she has applied to or the one the student plans to attend.
  8. Complete the NOVEC scholarship application and submit all required materials no later than March 13, 2019. The online application is accessible at

For more information about the NOVEC Scholarship Program, contact Ashley Arnold at

VMDAEC Scholarships

A high school or home-schooled senior — whose parents or guardians belong to one of 15 electric cooperatives in Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland — may apply for a scholarship from the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation. An applicant must be entering college or a technical/trade school in autumn 2019.

The foundation will award $1,000 scholarships to students who have been selected based on their 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.

Applicants can access the application and guidelines at Applications must be submitted by Feb. 8. For more information, contact

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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