Scholarship Winners Announced

By
Jeremy

Five Area Students Earn Electric Cooperative Scholarships

(Greenwood, De.) Five high school seniors whose families are served by Delaware Electric Cooperative have earned college scholarships awarded by the Educational Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).  The following students will receive $1,000 Worth M. Hudson scholarships:

  • Nicole Boothman of Lincoln, the daughter of Daniel and Darla Boothman and a senior at Cape Henlopen High School.
  • Sarah Boothman of Lincoln, the daughter of Gregory and Agnes Boothman who is also a senior at Cape Henlopen High School.
  • Isaac Christianson of Felton, the son of David and Tracy Christianson. Isaac will be graduating from Cornerstone Academy.
  • Ana Ramirez-Irineo of Georgetown, the daughter of Heron Ramirez and Maria Irineo-Quintanar. Ana attends Sussex Central High School.
  • Madison Stark of Felton, the daughter of Timothy and Angelique Stark, Madison will be graduating from Caesar Rodney High School.

Each was awarded a scholarship through a competitive screening process based on financial need (40 percent), academic achievement (40 percent) and a personal statement (20 percent).  They were eligible for consideration because their parents are consumer-members of Delaware Electric Cooperative.  Applicants must be entering their first semester of college, technical or trade school in the autumn of 2014.

This year, the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation received 364 applications from students in areas served by electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. The Foundation is awarding 55 Worth M. Hudson Scholarships and six endowed scholarships of $1,000 each. The Worth M. Hudson Scholarships are named in honor of the first chair of the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation and former chair of the board of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Chase City, Va.  

The Foundation is funded through tax-deductible donations from individuals and VMDAEC cooperatives and proceeds from the benefit fundraising events. 

“We were able to award a record number of 61 scholarships thanks to donations from several VMDAEC member cooperatives that were matched by CoBank through their ‘Sharing Success’ Program,” said Roberta Harlowe, chair of VMDAEC’s Educational Services Committee who serves on the board of Central Virginia Electric Cooperative. CoBank is a national cooperative bank that provides loans and other financial services to rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states.

Since its inception in 2001, the Foundation has awarded 470 electric cooperative scholarships totaling $369,500.  The number of scholarships awarded each year is based upon available funds and these grants can be used to pay for tuition, fees and books.

Headquartered in Greenwood, Delaware Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit energy provider that serves nearly 86,000 homes, farms and businesses in Kent and Sussex counties.  For more information, go to www.delaware.coop.

About VMDAEC: Founded in 1944, VMDAEC is the trade association for Delaware 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, communications and other services. For more information, visit the Community Resources section of www.vmdaec.com.