Five Eastern Shore Students Earn Electric Co-op Scholarships
Five high school students whose families are served by A&N Electric Cooperative (ANEC) have each earned $1,000 college scholarships awarded by the Education Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC):
- Kanijah Brickhouse, a senior at Northampton High School and the daughter of Lakesha Brickhouse of Exmore, Virginia.
- Courtney Floyd, a senior at Broadwater Academy and the daughter of William and Melissa Floyd of Pungoteague, Virginia.
- Laura Marsh, a senior at Crisfield Academy High School and the daughter of Grayden and Mildred Marsh of Ewell, Maryland.
- Anna Sexauer, a senior at Broadwater Academy and the daughter of Brook Sexauer of Belle Haven, Virginia.
- Matthew Teasley, a senior at Nandua High School and the son of Allen and Elizabeth Teasley of Belle Haven, Virginia.
Each were eligible for consideration because their parents are members of A&N Electric Cooperative.
Recipients are awarded scholarships 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.
The Scholarship Foundation Committee’s points-based system and blind review process ensure that no single committee member sees any applicant’s name until such time as final selections are made, and even then, no committee member has the ability to influence an individual selection—everything is based on points awarded. The majority of points (80 percent) are awarded completely objectively without any direct input from committee members.
This year, the VMDAEC Education Scholarship Foundation is awarding 54 $1,000 Worth Hudson scholarships to students who live in areas served by electric cooperatives in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. These grants can be used to pay for tuition, fees and books.
The scholarships are named in honor of Worth Hudson, the Foundation’s first chairman and a former chairman of the board of directors of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Chase City, Va. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded 683 post-secondary scholarships totaling $582,500.
The Foundation is funded through tax-deductible donations and bequests from individuals, proceeds from benefit fundraising events and Co-Bank’s Sharing Success Program.
Founded in 1944, VMDAEC is the trade association for A&N 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 the VMDAEC or Cooperative Living Magazine.