VMDAEC 2019 Scholarship Winners

VMDAEC 2019 Scholarship Winners


Two high school students whose families are served by A&N Electric Cooperative are the recipients of $1,000 college scholarships awarded by the Education Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).

The students are Elizabeth Reid of Cheriton, a student at Northampton High School and Samantha Nicholson of Chincoteague, a student at Chincoteague High School.

The students were eligible for consideration because their parents are consumer-members of A&N Electric Cooperative.

“We commend these students on their outstanding achievements,” said Robbie F. Marchant, chair of the VMDAEC Education Scholarship Foundation Committee and a director at Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative. “The electric co-ops support them as they pursue their education and then we hope they return to their communities to do great work.”

Recipients were chosen based on a competitive screening process that considers financial need (40 percent), academic achievement (40 percent) and community involvement (20 percent). Applicants must be a senior graduating from either high school or home school in 2019.

They must also provide evidence of their acceptance into a post-high school educational institution or program. These grants can be used to pay for tuition, fees and books.

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 Foundation is awarding 58 Worth Hudson scholarships to students who live in areas served by electric cooperatives in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The scholarships are named in honor of Hudson, the Foundation’s first chairman and former chairman of the board of directors of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Chase City, Va. Since 2001, the Foundation has provided almost 700 scholarships to graduating high school students totaling over $500,000.

The Foundation is funded through tax-deductible donations and bequests from individuals, proceeds from benefit fundraising events and CoBank’s Sharing Success Program.

Samantha Nicholson

Elizabeth Reid

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