Rural Electric Cooperative

Cooperative Announces Scholarship Winners


Four Area Students Earn Electric Co-op Scholarships

Four high school seniors whose families are served by Craig Botetourt Electric Cooperative (CBEC) have each earned $1,000 college scholarships. The grants were awarded by the Education Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).

Three are recipients of the Worth Hudson Memorial Scholarship, given in memory of the first chairman of the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation:

Olivia Baker, a senior at James River High School and the daughter of Daniel and Julie Baker of Fincastle;

Jake Bostic, a senior at Craig County High School and the son of James and Sue Bostic of New Castle;

Elias Linsin, a senior at Alleghany High School and the son of Christopher and Christina Linsin of Covington.

In addition, Lynsey Taylor, a senior at Craig County High School and the daughter of Rodney and Patty Taylor of New Castle, is receiving a C D. Hypes Memorial Scholarship, named for a local educator who also served on the board of Craig Botetourt Electric Cooperative (CBEC).

All four were eligible for consideration because their parents are consumer-members of Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative.

Recipients are chosen based on a competitive screening process that considers financial need (40 percent), academic achievement (40 percent) and community involvement (20 percent).  Applicants must also provide evidence of their acceptance into a post-high school educational institution or program.

This year, the Foundation is awarding 54 Worth Hudson scholarships to students who live in areas served by electric cooperatives in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia as well as one C. D Hypes Memorial Scholarship. These grants can be used to pay for tuition, fees and books.

The Foundation is funded through tax-deductible donations and bequests from individuals, proceeds from benefit fundraising events and Co-Bank’s Sharing Success Program. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded 683 post-secondary scholarships totaling $582,500.

Founded in 1944, VMDAEC is the trade association for Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative and 14 other electric co-ops that serve Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. It is based in Glen Allen, Va. and provides safety and employee training, governmental relations, communications, including the publication of Cooperative Living magazine, and other services to its member cooperatives. For more information on VMDAEC and the scholarship program, visit or

Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative, headquartered in New Castle, Va., is a not-for-profit energy provider that serves over 7,100 homes, farms and businesses in the Virginia counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Montgomery and Roanoke and in Monroe County, West Virginia. For more information, go to