NOVEC and electric co-ops statewide are accepting higher-education scholarship applications

January 11, 2018

Contact: NOVEC Public Relations, 1-888-335-0500,

MANASSAS, Va. – Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives are accepting applications for higher-education scholarships from public, private, and home schooled high school seniors who receive electricity from electric cooperatives. Applications for NOVEC’s scholarships are due Tuesday, March 13, 2018. VMDAEC applications are due Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Students may apply for both scholarships.

NOVEC Scholarship Program

The NOVEC Scholarship Program will award 10 $1,500 college scholarships to qualified graduating public high school students in NOVEC’s service territory in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties, and the City of Manassas Park. Another $1,500 scholarship will go to a student in NOVEC’s service territory who either attends private school or is home schooled. In addition, the overall outstanding student will receive the $1,500 J. Manley Garber Scholarship, for a total of $3,000 in college assistance.  

Selection committees will select students who have demonstrated scholastic achievement, community service, work experience, and leadership skills.

A scholarship applicant must:

  1. Be a college-bound high school senior whose parents or guardians receive electric service from NOVEC.
  2. Have at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and submit an official transcript that includes first-semester grades.
  3. Submit Student Achievement Test (SAT) scores. Unofficial SAT scores will be accepted.
  4. Demonstrate a wide range of participation and leadership in extracurricular activities, community service, and/or work experience.
  5. Submit two letters of recommendation — one from a high school official, such as a teacher or counselor, and one from a community member, such as a, coach, work supervisor, or religious or Scout leader.  
  6. Submit a 350- to 400-word typed autobiographical essay.
  7. List the colleges/universities he or she has applied to or the one the student plans to attend.
  8. Complete the NOVEC scholarship application and submit all required materials no later than March 13, 2018. The online application is accessible at

For more information about the NOVEC Scholarship Program, contact Cindy Fithian at or 703-392-1511.

VMDAEC Scholarships

A high school or home-schooled senior — whose parents or guardians are electric cooperative members in Virginia, Delaware, and part of Maryland — may apply for a scholarship from the VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation. An applicant must be entering college or a technical/trade school in autumn 2018.

The foundation will award $1,000 scholarships to students who have been selected based on their financial need, academic achievement, and personal statements. VMDAEC will send scholarship funds directly to a recipient’s chosen educational institution for help with tuition, room and board, student fees, or book purchasing. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 31, 2018.

Applicants can access the application and guidelines under the Community Resources tab at Applications must be submitted by Feb. 9. For more information, contact Nina Jacobs at or 804-968-4084.

VMDAEC, based in Glen Allen, Virginia, provides training, communications, legislative and other services to NOVEC and 14 other electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.


NOVEC, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, is a not-for-profit electric utility corporation that supplies and distributes electricity and energy-related services to approximately 160,000 metered customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, and Clarke counties, the Town of Clifton, and the City of Manassas Park. It is one of the largest electric companies of its kind in the nation.  For more information, visit or call 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500.

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