Rural Electric Cooperative

Cooperative Announces Scholarship Winners


Six high school seniors from Botetourt, Craig and Giles counties have earned $1,000 scholarships awarded by the Educational Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).

Samuel Alley and Morgan Sowers of New Castle will each receive Worth M. Hudson Scholarships in the amount of $1,000. Samuel, the son Graylen and Kay Alley, and Morgan, the daughter of William and Kathleen Sowers, will be graduating from Craig County High School.

In addition, Haley Burger and Grace Craddock of New Castle, Emily Allen of Newport and Leah Wright of Troutville will each receive $1,000 C.D Hypes Memorial Scholarships. Emily, the daughter of Mike and Angie Allen; Haley, the daughter of Bobby and Amy Burger; and Grace, the daughter of Lloyd and Mary Craddock, will be graduating from Craig County High School. Leah, the daughter of Caroline and Kevin Wright, is a senior at James River High School.

All were awarded their scholarships based on a competitive screening process and were eligible for consideration because their parents are consumer-members of Craig Botetourt Electric Cooperative.  Applicants must be entering their first semester of college, technical or trade school in the autumn of 2014.

This year, the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation received a record 364 applications from students in areas served by electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. The Foundation is awarding 55 Worth M. Hudson Scholarships, four C.D Hypes Memorial Scholarships and two additional endowed scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each.

The Foundation is funded through tax-deductible donations from individuals and VMDAEC cooperatives, as well as proceeds from benefit fundraising events. Recipients were chosen based on financial need (40 percent), academic achievement (40 percent) and a personal statement (20 percent). 

The Worth M. Hudson Scholarships are 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.

The C.D Hypes Memorial Scholarships are 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.

“We were able to award a record number of 61 scholarships 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 470 electric cooperative scholarships totaling $369,500.  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.

Headquartered in New Castle, Craig Botetourt Electric Cooperative (CBEC)  is a member-owned electric-distribution utility serving more than 7,000 meters in Craig, Botetourt and five other area counties.