How Will You Pay for College? Let REC Help

Jan. 13, 2015

REC is accepting applications for its 2016 LEARN (Literacy, Education, and Rural Networking) Scholarship program. To be eligible, a student must be a current high school senior and be enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited educational or training institution. The student must also live with a parent or guardian who is a member-owner of REC (meaning they receive electric service from the Cooperative).

Interested students must complete an application and write a 500-word essay. Final selection for these scholarships will be made by a committee based upon the applicant’s scholastic achievement, community involvement, recommendations, extracurricular activities and interest in community affairs. Applications can be completed online here or picked up in local high school guidance departments or at any REC office. All eligible students are encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applying is Feb. 22. Completed applications must be emailed to, dropped off at one of REC's offices, or postmarked by Feb. 22. For additional information on the LEARN Scholarship program, contact Brian Wolfe, REC’s public relations specialist, at 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914 or

"We were so proud of Christopher," said Sarah Walsh, the mother of Christopher Walsh a 2015 LEARN scholarship recipient. "He was absolutely delighted to receive the REC LEARN scholarship and has used it towards the cost of his tuition and accommodation. We hope REC knows this has been a good investment in Christopher's education and future career!"

“A scholarship from REC can be a significant stepping stone to a student’s future,” said Brian Wolfe, REC’s LEARN scholarship program coordinator and public relation specialist. “The scholarships we award are just one of the many ways we support our local communities. Reaching out to offer assistance to our youth is making an important contribution to everyone’s future.”

REC provides electric service to over 161,000 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.