Rappahannock Electric Offers Scholarships

High school seniors have the opportunity to receive one of 15 scholarships in the amount of $1,000 from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC). The scholarships recognize distinguished scholastic achievement.

The Cooperative has helped high school seniors pursue their career goals through the LEARN (Literacy, Education, and Rural Networking) program since 1996. The LEARN program is designed to provide financial assistance to those students who are seeking to advance their education beyond the high school level.

“REC is committed to helping local students reach their education goals,” says Ann Lewis, REC’s director of public relations. “The LEARN program accomplishes this by rewarding high school students for their scholastic achievements with financial 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.

“The application process is really quite simple,” adds Lewis. “Students can pick up an application through their high school guidance department, at any REC office or download them online at  www.myrec.coop. We encourage all eligible high school seniors to apply.”

Winners will be selected based upon their scholastic achievement, community involvement, recommendations, extracurricular activities and interest in rural affairs. Completed applications must be dropped off at one of REC’s offices or postmarked by Monday, April 4, 2011. For additional information on the LEARN Scholarship program, contact Brian Wolfe, REC’s public relations specialist, at 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914 or  community@myrec.coop.


  1. I wonder why it is that REC seems to have money out the whazoo for grants and scholarships?


  2. BlossomButt says:

    Hey REC, here is an idea. How about lowering my rates back to what they were before you took over, then perhaps I might have the money to send my own child to college without needing a scholarship??? I dont think the responsibility of our power company should be scholarships….their main goal should be to provide service, good reliable service, at a reasonable price….get your act together!!!

  3. My 2 Cents... says:

    Whats the age limit on the scholarship? Maybe we all should apply, to get help to pay your bill!

  4. As a member/owner of this cooperative as stated in REC literature, this is yet another perk that I was not given the opportunity to approve. As a member/owner, shouldn’t we all be given fair notice and have a chance to vote on most every decision made by REC? Who allowed this outfit to take over our electric service and how can we open up this monopoly to competition? We need a better choice.

    • why does rec have a monopoly here? I was under the impression that this is illegal!! These bills are outrageous!!! I moved here from just outside Detroit, MI and even with the awful weather there the bills were NEVER this HIGH!! This is nothing more than highway robbery!!!

  5. Sarge Willis says:

    I think it is comendable that REC is offering scholarships, $15,000 is a small amount for a large coop like REC and wouldn’t make a lot of difference in anyones bill if they subtracted a like amount. At least they are trying to give back to the community.

  6. I would prefer to make my own donations to charities of my choice. That money belongs to the customers and should not be given away.

  7. Sarge Willis says:

    Yes, my bill went up, a lot, I’m not happy about a 30 percent increase and would like REC to be a bit more forthcoming on the reasons for such a rise in everyone’s bill. I still applaud their offering of scholarships and reiterate, $15,000 is a drop in the bucket and wouldn’t lessen anyone’s bill but by pennies. I don’t think anyone is fooled that it is a publicity stunt, but having several kids in school right now I have no doubts those that receive the scholarships (and their parents) will still be very appreciative.

  8. I would like to thank REC for offering scholarships such as this. As a future college student, I am paying for college on my own. I am applying to as many scholarships as I can. I need to, in order to be able to attend college. I support REC’s decision to offer scholarships to students. Thank you!