REC Rewards Outstanding Student Achievement

July 6, 2015

Each year since 1996 Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has rewarded outstanding student achievement in the communities it serves by providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors. This year the cooperative continued that support by awarding 16 students from all corners of the cooperative’s service territory a $1,000 LEARN Scholarship.

“REC has a long-standing tradition of supporting education and schools in the communities it serves,” said Brian Wolfe, REC’s LEARN Scholarship coordinator. “The scholarships recognize the scholastic efforts and community involvement of these amazing young adults and will assist them as they begin the next phase of their educational career.”

The 2015 LEARN Scholarship recipients are:

  • Tristan Edwards - Essex High School, Essex County
  • Emily Farabaugh - Albemarle High School, Albemarle County
  • Elijah Gregory - Spotsylvania High School, Spotsylvania County
  • Stephen Housel - William Monroe High School, Greene County
  • Bruce Keenen, Jr - Millbrook High School, Frederick County
  • Cassity Lacy - Madison County High School, Madison County
  • Austin Lasher - Liberty High School, Fauquier County
  • Sean McDonald - Clarke County High School, Clarke County
  • Rebecca Miller - Millbrook High School, Frederick County
  • Marshal O'Bannon - Culpeper High School, Culpeper County
  • William Richardson - Massaponax High School, Spotsylvania County
  • Samuel Stephenson - Eastern View High School, Culpeper County
  • Monica Stopha - Millbrook High School, Frederick County
  • Burke Swanson - Riverbend High School, Spotsylvania County
  • Kierstan Tinsman - Sherando High School, Frederick County
  • Christopher Walsh - Massaponax High School, Spotsylvania County


The 2015 LEARN Scholarship recipients were selected from a competitive group of applications received from more than 25 high schools 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.

REC provides electric service to over 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.