Rappahannock Electric Cooperative Offers Scholarships

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is proud to offer several $1,000 scholarships to help area youth achieve their educational goals. Scholarship applications are now being accepted from high school seniors within the REC 22 county service area. REC has helped high school seniors pursue their dreams through the LEARN (Literacy, Education, and Rural Networking) program since 1996. LEARN is designed to provide financial assistance to those students who desire to advance their education beyond the high school level.

“The LEARN program helps students achieve their education goals,” says Ann Lewis, REC’s director of communications and public relations. “REC seeks to reward high school students for their scholastic achievements. This program provides assistance to reduce educational expenses such as tuition, books or room and board.”

To be eligible, a student must be a current high school senior with a parent or guardian who is a member-owner of REC (meaning they receive electric service from the Cooperative), and be enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited educational or training institution. Interested students must complete an application and write a 500-word essay.

“Eligible students are encouraged to apply,” adds Lewis.  “Applications can be picked up in local high school guidance departments, at any REC office or downloaded at www.myrec.coop.”

Winners will be selected based upon their scholastic achievement, community involvement, recommendations, extracurricular activities and interest in community affairs. Completed applications must be dropped off at one of REC’s offices or postmarked by March 5 . For additional information on the LEARN Scholarship program, contact Brian Wolfe, REC’s public relations specialist, at 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914 or brwolfe@myrec.coop.

REC provides electric service to over 155,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., Rappahannock maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop .