Rural Electric Cooperative



Any high school or home school senior graduating in 2017 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. For instructions and the online application, please go to the Community Resources tab of or the Community page of  The deadline to apply is Feb. 10, 2017. 

Scholarships are awarded by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives’ (VMDAEC) Education Scholarship Foundation.  An applicant must be entering his or her first semester at a college or technical/trade school in the fall of 2017 and scholarship funds must be used towards tuition, student fees, room and board or textbooks. 

The Scholarship Foundation’s board of directors will select recipients based on a combination of the following weighted criteria: financial need at 40%, academic achievement at 40% and personal statement at 20%. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 31, 2017.

In 2016, the VMDAEC Education Scholarship Foundation received more than 200 applications from students in areas served by 15 member electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.  From these, the Foundation Board selected 50 recipients, as follows:

     41 applicants received a Worth M. Hudson Scholarship;

     one applicant was awarded from the C. D Hypes Memorial Fund;

     one applicant was awarded from the K. M. Beasley Memorial Fund;

     two applicants were awarded from the Allen Ritchie Memorial Fund;

     one applicant was awarded from the G.W. White Memorial Scholarship;

     two applicants were awarded from the Gertrude Winston Memorial Fund;

     one applicant was awarded from the Glenn Chappell Memorial Fund;

     and one applicant was awarded from the Paul C. Marks Memorial Scholarship.

Over the past 15 years, 573 students have received a VMDAEC Education Scholarship. 

Donations to this important program are welcomed! The Scholarship Foundation accepts tax-deductible contributions and also participates in the Amazon Smile program. To use this option, simply visit to create an account and enter “VMDAEC Education Scholarship Foundation” as the name of the charitable organization.

Questions about donations and the application process may be directed to Nina Jacobs, Manager of Administrative Services, at or 804-968-4084.

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