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NOVEC and regional electric cooperatives award scholarships to 16 local high school seniors

June 19, 2017

Contact: NOVEC Public Relations, 1-888-335-0500, communications@novec.com

MANASSAS, Va. — The Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) and the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) have awarded college and higher-education scholarships to 16 high school seniors who live in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford counties, and the City of Manassas Park.

NOVEC Scholarship Program

“NOVEC supports education as a community service,” said Cindy Fithian, NOVEC public and government relations liaison. “As part of this support, NOVEC selection committees reviewed 155 scholarship applications this year. They looked at students’ academic records, recommendations, community involvement, work experience, essays, and demonstrated leadership.”

Fithian said the selection committees always have a difficult task because, “so many applicants have outstanding records and accomplishments.”

After extensive reviews, the review committees selected 10 high seniors to receive $1,500 college scholarships. The committees reviewed the applications of these 10 students again to select the most outstanding student to receive the $1,500 J. Manley Garber scholarship, named for NOVEC’s longest-serving board director. The Garber Scholar received a total of $3,000.

NOVEC’s 2017 Scholarship Program Winners

  1. Phillip Choi — Garber Scholar, Battlefield High School, Prince William County                                                                                                                                       
  2. Victoria Propheter — Brentsville District High School, Prince William County
  3. Allie Bush — Westfield High School, Fairfax County
  4. Iris Kim — J.W. Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax County
  5. Emily Morrow — Kettle Run High School, Fauquier County
  6. Akshima Dhiman — John Campe High School, Loudoun County
  7. Janay Jackson — John Campe High School, Loudoun County
  8. Zoha Husain — Manassas Park High School, City of Manassas Park
  9. Victoria Calvert — North Stafford High School, Stafford County
  10. Catherine Hanafin — St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School (private school), Prince William County

VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation

The VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation awarded 50 $1,000 scholarships this year to students who receive power from electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. The scholarships are 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. Dennis Atanassov — Freedom High School, Loudoun County
  2. Emily Bekele — Patriot High School, Loudoun County 
  3. Molly Cullen — Loudoun County High School
  4. Arjun Deopujari — Westfield High School, Fairfax County
  5. Daniel Park — Westfield High School, Fairfax County
  6. Jordan Shaw — Battlefield High School, Prince William County

“We congratulate all scholarship winners and wish them the best as they prepare for higher education,” Fithian said.


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 safety and employee training, government relations, expertise, and other services. For more information, visit www.vmdaec.com.


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 www.novec.com or call 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500.

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