2016 Education Scholarship Winners Announced
Three Area Students Earn Electric Cooperative Scholarships
High school seniors Lauren Boze of Wakefield, Marissa Haydu of Zuni, and Alexis Manson of Smithfield have each earned $1,000 Worth H. Hudson college scholarships awarded by the Education Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).
Lauren, the daughter of Paul and Dawn Rogers, will be graduating from Tidewater Academy and plans to study speech and hearing sciences at East Carolina University.
Marissa, the daughter of Mark and Dena Haydu, is a senior at Southampton High School. She has been accepted by Christopher Newport University where she plans to study accounting and leadership studies.
Alexis, the daughter of Ivan and Paula Manson, will be attending the University of Georgia upon graduation from Smithfield High School to study international affairs and pre-law.
All three recipients were awarded their scholarships based on a competitive screening process that considers financial need, academic achievement and community involvement and were eligible for consideration because their parents are consumer-members of Community Electric Cooperative. Applicants must also provide evidence of their acceptance in a post-high school educational institution or program.
This year, the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation is awarding 50 $1,000 Worth M. 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 former chairman of the board of directors of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Chase City, Va. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded 567 scholarships totaling $466,500.
The Foundation is funded through tax-deductible donations from individuals, proceeds from benefit fundraising events and Co-Bank’s Sharing Success Program. It also participates in the Amazon Smile Program.
Founded in 1944, VMDAEC is the trade association for Community 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 www.vmdaec.com or www.co-opliving.com.
Community Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Windsor, is a not-for-profit member-owned energy provider that serves nearly 11,000 homes, farms and businesses in the counties of Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex and the City of Suffolk. For more information, go to www.comelec.coop.