Rural Electric Cooperative

High School or Home School Seniors Can Apply Now for 2016 VMDAEC Education Scholarships


Any high school or home school senior graduating in 2016 whose parents or guardians are consumer-members of Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative and whose primary residence is served by the cooperative is eligible to apply now for a $1,000 scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives’ (VMDAEC) Education Scholarship Foundation Board.  An applicant must be entering his or her first semester at a college or technical/trade school in the fall of 2016. Scholarships must be used towards tuition, student fees, room and board or textbooks. 

The Foundation selects scholarship recipients based on a combination of the following weighted criteria: financial need at 40%; academic achievement at 40%; personal statement at 20%. Preference will be given to applicants who indicate a planned career as a line worker. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 31, 2016.


Application Deadline:  Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

STEP 1.  Access the Education Scholarship Guidelines and Application Form under the Community Resources tab of or (for co-ops that receive Cooperative Living) from the Cooperative Living website,

STEP 2. Complete the VMDAEC Education Scholarship Application form using a computer.  If there is no access to a computer, the form can be handwritten.  Do not leave any sections blank. Failure to provide requested information will result in disqualification.  Send the application electronically via e-mail or scan it and e-mail to no later than midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. 

STEP 3.  Compile all documents listed below.  Do not staple, paper clip, insert into binders or fold. Do not send any of these documents separately.  Seal all documents in one envelope in the following sequence (from front to back):

  1. Copy of completed application form. 
  2. Copy of a recent electric cooperative bill for primary residence.
  3. Personal statement plus two copies (three copies total).
  4. Copy of preliminary official high or home school transcript. If it is school policy, the transcript can be sealed in a separate envelope.
  5. Copy of standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT), if taken.
  6. Recommendation letter written by someone not related to applicant.

STEP 4.  Submit the envelope containing the required documents to VMDAEC Education Scholarship Selection Committee using one of two delivery options:


Postmark no later than midnight, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016.

No later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016.

In 2015, the VMDAEC Education Scholarship Foundation received 353 applications from students in areas served by 15 electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.  From these, the Foundation Board selected 45 applicants to receive a Worth M. Hudson Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 each, one applicant to receive the C. D Hypes Memorial Fund in the amount of $1,000, and one applicant to receive the K. M. Beasley Memorial Fund in the amount of $1,000 for a total of 47 scholarships. Over the past 15 years, 517 students have received a VMDAEC Education Scholarship. 

Founded in 1944, VMDAEC is the trade association for Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative and the 14 other not-for-profit electric distribution cooperatives serving the Mid-Atlantic region. It is based in Glen Allen, Va., and provides safety and employee training, governmental relations and legislative and communications services, including the publishing of Cooperative Living magazine, for its member co-ops.

For more information, visit or  or contact Pam Johnson, Manager of Continuing Education and Training at and at 804-968-7153.