Three high school seniors are the recipient of $1,000 scholarships awarded by the Educational Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).
Nathaniel Fox, the son of Ruth and Frampton Fox of Gap Mills, WV, will be graduating from James Monroe High School and has been accepted by Liberty University. Jennifer Bradley, the daughter of Kaye and Gary Bradley of Newport, Va., will be graduating from Giles High School and plans to attend Virginia Tech.
Both students were awarded the $1,000 C.D Hypes Memorial Scholarship, named in memory of the late C.D Hypes, who taught agriculture in Virginia public schools for 30 years and also served on the board of Craig Botetourt Electric Cooperative in New Castle, Va.
In addition, Sela Reynolds, the daughter of Amy and Christopher Reynolds of Newport, Va. is the recipient of a $1,000 Worth M. Hudson Scholarship, named in honor of the first chair of the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation and former chair of the board of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Chase City, Va. Sela is a senior at Giles High School and plans to attend New River Community College.
This year, the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation received 212 applications from students in areas served by electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware and awarded a total of 50 $1,000 scholarships. Recipients were chosen based on financial need (40 percent), academic achievement (40 percent) and a personal statement(20 percent). Applicants must be entering their first semester of college, technical or trade school in the autumn of 2013.
The Foundation is funded through tax-deductible donations from individuals and VMDAEC cooperatives and proceeds from the Spring Round-Up Golf Tournament.
“We were able to award more $1,000 scholarships than last year thanks to donations from several VMDAEC member cooperatives that were matched by CoBank through their ‘Sharing Success’ Program,” said Roberta Harlowe, chair of VMDAEC’s Educational Services Committee who serves on the board of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative.
CoBank is a national cooperative bank that provides loans and other financial services to rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states.
Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has awarded 409 electric cooperative scholarships totaling $308,500. The number of scholarships awarded each year is based upon funds available and these grants can be used to pay for tuition, fees and books.
Due to work being done by Appalachian Power Company on the transmission system that supplies power to our Meadow Creek facilities in Craig County, we will be without power for some of our members. The areas affected include all of Craig County except for Route 621. Route 615 in Botetourt County to Oriskany will also be affected by this event. The outage will take place on Thursday April 25 at 10:00pm to Friday April 26 at 2:30am.
We appreciate everyone's patience during this event. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 540.864.5121.
Dustin Smith, an apprentice line worker from Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative (CBEC), competed in timed and scored events at the 11th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo April 5 and 6 at the Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds near Ruther Glen, Va.
Smith placed second in the “Primary Neutral Sag” event and fifth in the “Hurt Man Rescue” event out of more than 40 apprentices from five states who participated in the rodeo.
A total of 121 utility workers from Virginia and eight other states competed in the two-day event, which is the only one of its type held in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo offers professional linemen the opportunity to demonstrate their technical skills as they perform a variety of designated electric line-work tasks while demonstrating safe work practices, a key factor in judging.
“The Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo promotes safety and teamwork,” notes Shawn Hildebrand, general manager for CBEC. “We are proud that Dustin excelled in this year’s competition. The job linemen do to ‘keep the lights on’ for our members is a dangerous one. Despite working in all types of weather to restore service after several major outage events in the past year, CBEC linemen have maintained our co-op’s outstanding record of safety.”
Cooperative Offices will be closed on March 29 for Good Friday. Members can still contact their cooperative for outages and other inquiries by dialing (540)864-5121 or (800)760-2232. We hope everyone has a peaceful Easter weekend.
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