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 email@example.com.