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Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative Awards 10 Scholarships

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Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative has awarded 10 students each a $1,000 scholarship. 

SVEC awarded the scholarships to deserving high school seniors in the region the company serves since 1992.

Among this year's winner are Michelle Fultz of Staunton, Savannah Hepner of Harrisonburg, Charles Jones of Stuarts Draft; Mason Seaman of Stuarts Draft; and Jessica Watson of Fishersville.

Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative
Press Release

MOUNT CRAWFORD – Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) is pleased to announce the 10 winners of their 22st annual scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each.  The students attend nine of the high schools in the SVEC service area. 

Abigail Blase attends James Wood High School; Nora Burgess attends John Handley High School; Mary Callender attends Turner Ashby High School; Michelle Fultz attends Buffalo Gap High School; Julia Halbersma attends Sherando High School; Savannah Hepner attends Spotswood High School; Charles Jones attends Ridgeview Christian School; Tyler Morris attends Sherando High School; Mason Seaman attends Stuarts Draft High School; Jessica Watson attends Wilson Memorial High School.  The 10 winners were chosen from a pool of 70 applications that SVEC received from 22 different area high schools.   

"Part of SVEC's dedication to its communities is making an investment in the youth," SVEC President & CEO Myron D. Rummel said.  "With these scholarships, we hope to reduce the burden on students looking to further their education, and in turn, help the community." 

To be considered for the SVEC scholarship, the student's parent or guardian needs to be a member/owner of the Cooperative.  Abigail Blase is the daughter of Bradley and Elizabeth Blase of Winchester; Nora Burgess is the daughter of Phebe Burgess of Winchester; Mary Callender is the daughter of William and Janice Callender of Bridgewater;  Michelle Fultz is the daughter of Curtis and Li Fultz of Staunton; Julia Halbersma is the daughter of Ross and Patti Halbersma of Stephens City; Savannah Hepner is the daughter of Gary and Cynthia Hepner of Harrisonburg; Charles Jones is the son of Christopher and Cynthia Jones of Stuarts Draft; Tyler Morris is the son of Donald and Shellie Morris of Winchester; Mason Seaman is the son of David and Lisa Seaman of Stuarts Draft; and Jessica Watson is the daughter of Greg and Colleen Watson of Fishersville.       

A six-person scholarship committee reviewed the students' essays, letters of recommendation, participation in school and community activities, high school classes attended, and the grade-point average earned.  The scholarship committee consisted of Sally Jane Conner, special projects coordinator for the Blue Ridge Community College educational foundation; Fred Emmons, a high school teacher in Page County; John Hulvey, director of sponsored programs administration and accounting for James Madison University; Kyle O'Brien, Broadway Town Manager; Jane Troup, a retired educator from Frederick County; and Susan Vass, a retired educator from Augusta County schools.

Since 1992, SVEC has awarded scholarships to deserving high school seniors in the region that it serves.  These students have earned the scholarships with excellence in the classroom, extracurricular activities, and contributions to the community.  In the years since the scholarship has been awarded, the Cooperative has given back more than $60,000 to the community. 

Chartered in 1936, SVEC serves more than 88,000 member/owners accounts in the counties of Augusta, Clarke, Frederick, Highland, Page, Rockingham, Shenandoah, and Warren in Virginia.  Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative was the first electric cooperative chartered in Virginia.

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