REC Rewards Outstanding Student Achievement

May 17, 2017

Volunteerism, resourcefulness, and determination are characteristics exhibited by those seeking to reach their lifelong dreams of a being a nurse, engineer, teacher or one of many other career paths. REC recently awarded $16,000 in LEARN scholarships to students exhibiting these qualities. "LEARN" is an acronym for Learning, Education, and Rural Networking. The program awards scholarships to select graduating high school seniors from the communities served by REC. Recipients compete for the scholarships though an application process, which includes submitting an essay on a community issue.

"REC's LEARN scholarship recognizes not only the scholarship efforts of high school seniors, but also their community involvement," said Brian Wolfe, REC's LEARN Scholarship coordinator. "These are amazing young adults who have accomplished much during their high school years. REC is proud to assist them as they begin a new phase in their life, working to extend their education.

The 2017 LEARN Scholarship recipients are:

Name County High School
Kayleigh McCoy Albemarle Albemarle
Craig Genda Clarke County Clarke
Katherine Viti Clarke County Clarke
Kimberly McAninch Culpeper Eastern View
Kyle Keenan Frederick Millbrook
Joseph Mayer Frederick Sherando
Joseph Carson Greene Homeschooled
Michelle Deisbeck Greene William Monroe
Annelise Wright Greene William Monroe
Ben Mahone Hanover Hanover
Madeline Enderle Hanover Patrick Henry
Tyler Shea Hanover Patrick Henry
Anna Agee Louisa County Louisa
Joshua Racer Rappahannock County Rappahannock
John Riedel Rappahannock County Rappahannock
Dev Patel Spotsylvania Massaponax

The 2017 LEARN Scholarship recipients were selected from a competitive group of applications received from more than 25 high schools and homeschool groups throughout REC’s service territory. The applications were reviewed by a committee and evaluated based on scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, financial need and interest in rural affairs. Recommendations from teachers and other adults involved in the students’ lives were also considered.

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