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Education Scholarship Application

The Education Scholarship Foundation awards $1,000.00 scholarships annually. A combination of weighted criteria is used in the selection process:  40% financial need; 40% academic achievement; and 20% personal statement.  Funds must be applied towards tuition, student fees, room and board, or textbooks.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Applicant's primary residence must receive its electric power from one of the 15 member electric cooperatives served by Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC). For a list of our qualifying electric cooperative service territories, visit here.
  2. Applicant must be a high or home school senior graduating in 2018.
  3. Applicant must be entering his or her first semester at a post-secondary school in the fall of 2018. Proof of admission will be required if selected to receive a scholarship.

 

APPLICATION STEPS

Application Deadline:  February 9, 2018

STEP 1:  Fill out the VMDAEC Education Scholarship Application.  All items marked with a red asterisk must be completed for the submit button to accept your application.  Failure to provide requested information may result in disqualification.  Send the application electronically using the submit button in the lower left-hand corner of the form no later than 10:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018.  You will receive an e-mail acknowledgement. When you have completed your online application please check your spam or junk folder if you did not get it. 

If you hit the "submit" button and it takes you to the top of this page, you have entered incorrect information. Please go back and review the document and look for red outlined boxes to make your changes.  Be sure to hit "submit" once you have made the changes.

STEP 2:  Compile all documents listed below.  You can upload them using the upload button in the application or mail them.  To upload, scan all documents into a single PDF (use your name for the file name).  If you need help making a PDF, click  here.  If you are mailing, do not staple, paper clip, insert into binders or fold. Do not send any of these documents separately, except where noted.  Seal all documents in one envelope in the following sequence (from front to back):

  1. Copy of acknowledgement e-mail (Not required, if you have completed and received the acknowledgement via email).

  2. Copy of most recent electric bill from the electric cooperative serving your primary residence.

  3. One copy of your personal statement.  It must be only a one-page, typed and double-spaced document with your full name in the right-hand top corner.  The Foundation Board will score the statements based on the following: how compelling your statement is about why you should be selected to receive a scholarship, your financial need, your involvement in school and community activities and your family dynamics.  Points will be deducted, if you include a resume, profile of extracurricular activities, certificates, or other personal records.

  4. Copy of preliminary high or home school transcript.

  5. Copy of Standardized Test Scores (SAT and/or ACT). The SAT score MUST come from the College Board. It can be found on www.collegeboard.org. The ACT student report can be found on www.act.org. Scores listed on transcripts do not qualify. 
    Please note:
     If you have taken your SAT scores more than once you may take the best score from each test ("Super Score") to put on your on-line application. Both tests must be submitted in your package to qualify.

 

If not uploading, submit the envelope containing the required documents to:

VMDAEC Education Scholarship Selection Committee
4201 Dominion Boulevard, Suite 101
Glen Allen, VA  23060

Postmarked no later than midnight, Friday, February 9, 2018 or hand-delivered no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Scholarship recipients and their guidance counselor will be notified no later than Friday, June 1, 2018.  If chosen, you will be required to provide your student ID#, your acceptance letter from the post-secondary school, and the name and mailing address of the department (Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, etc.) that should receive your scholarship check.  Funds will not be dispersed until this information is received.

If assistance is needed with any part of this application process, contact Nina Jacobs, Manager of Administrative Services, VMDAEC at Scholarship@vmdaec.com or call (804) 968-4084. Regretfully, due to the high volume of applications received, we are not able to notify those who did not receive a scholarship. 

Your electricity to your primary residence must be supplied by one of the electric cooperatives listed.
Enter a whole number, no $ signs (ex: 10000). AGI is located on: Line 37/Form 1040; Line 21/Form 1040A; or Line 4/Form 1040EZ.
Under exceptions on form 1040/1040A, add number of dependents on line 6c, on form 1040EZ, use number on line 6.
(CR+M+W) Use your highest score in critical reading (CR), math (M) & writing (W). Enter 0, if you did not take the SAT.
Enter 0, if you did not take the ACT.
You may leave this blank, if you are undecided or have not been accepted yet.
Enter undeclared, if you are undecided.
Use your full name for the PDF file name. If your upload fails, submit your supporting documents as an attachment by replying to your acknowledgement e-mail. Check your acknowledgement email to ensure that your supporting document file is visible. If not, the upload failed.
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