NOVEC and regional electric cooperatives award scholarships to Northern Virginia students

June 12, 2019

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

MANASSAS, Va. — Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) and the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) have awarded college and higher education scholarships to 13 Northern Virginia high school seniors.

NOVEC Scholarships

NOVEC awarded $1,500 scholarships to 10 high school seniors after reviewing 194 applications. Judges reviewed applicants’ academic records, community involvement, work experience, recommendations, essays, and demonstrated leadership.

From the 10 students, the judges selected the most outstanding student to receive the $1,500 J. Manley Garber scholarship, named for NOVEC’s emeritus board director. Lydia Kang, the Garber scholar, received a total of $3,000.  

NOVEC’s 2019 Scholarship Winners

  1. Lydia Kang — Garber Scholar, Battlefield High School, Prince William County
  2. Sahil Dharamsi — Osbourn Park High School, Prince William County
  3. Tate McLean — St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School, Prince William County
  4. Olivia Brooks — Mountain View High School, Stafford County
  5. Krista Brzezynski — Fairfax High School, Fairfax County  
  6. Diane Jung — Centreville High School, Fairfax County
  7. Cosette Cusson — Kettle Run High School, Fauquier County
  8. Gina Nored — Freedom High School, Loudoun County
  9. Natalie Shand — Freedom High School, Loudoun County
  10. Benjamin Kelly — Manassas Park High School, City of Manassas Park

VMDAEC Scholarships

The VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation awarded 58 $1,000 scholarships this year to students who receive power from electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. The foundation selected recipients based on applicants’ financial need, academic achievement, and a personal statement. Scholarship winners will enter their first semester of college, technical or trade school this fall.

VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation Winners in NOVEC Territory:

  1. Connor Martin — John Champe High School, Loudoun County
  2. Calle Junker — Woodgrove High School, Loudoun County
  3. Bridget Atkinson — Seton High School, Prince William County

“We congratulate all scholarship winners and wish them the best as they prepare for higher education,” said Lisa Hooker, NOVEC public relations vice president.


NOVEC is a not-for-profit electric utility corporation that supplies and distributes electricity and energy-related services to more than 170,000 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.


The Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperative represents NOVEC and 14 other co-ops that distribute electricity to consumers in the three states. Based in Glen Allen, Virginia, VMDAEC provides government relations, expertise, safety and employee training, and other services. For more information, visit