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PWC seniors win scholarships from NOVEC and the area Electric Cooperatives association

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

NOVEC awarded $1,500 scholarships to 10 high school seniors after reviewing 115 applications, according to a news release. Judges reviewed applicants’ academic records, community involvement, work experience, recommendations, essays, and demonstrated leadership, the release said.

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

NOVEC’s 2019 Scholarship Winners
Erin Davisson—Garber Scholar, Patriot High School, Prince William County
Erin Dolan—St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School, Prince William County
Elizabeth Kim—Osbourn Park High School, Prince William County
Jayson St. Cyr—Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School, Prince William County
Vivian Hoang—W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax County
Rylie Kiefaber—Chantilly High School, Fairfax County
Paul Smith—Kettle Run High School, Fauquier County
Hannah Woodling—John Champe High School, Loudoun County
Riya Maheshwari—Rock Ridge High School, Loudoun County
Juliana Calvert—Mountain View High School, Stafford County

“We regret we couldn’t present our scholarships to the winners personally at school award assemblies, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but we wish these students all the best as they prepare for college,” said Lisa Hooker, NOVEC vice president of public relations.

VMDAEC Scholarships
The VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships in April to 57 students who receive power from electric cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. The foundation selected recipients based on financial need, academic achievement, and a personal statement. Scholarship winners plan to enter their first semester of college, technical or trade school this fall.

VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation Winners in NOVEC Territory were:

Suvasish Pant—Osbourn Park High School, Prince William County
Devasish Pant—Osbourn Park High School, Prince William County
Keyshon Wills—Manassas Park High School, City of Manassas Park

Russell G. Brown, chair of the VMDAEC Education Scholarship Foundation Committee and vice chairman of the Northern Neck Electric Cooperative board of directors, said, “Our electric cooperatives are delighted to provide support to these worthy students, as they represent a future generation of leaders in their communities.”

NOVEC is a not-for-profit electric utility corporation that supplies and distributes electricity and energy-related services to more than 172,000 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, go to

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