Area Students Receive Electric Co-op College Scholarships

April 21, 2017

You wake up each day, flip the switch on and power through your day. It may have never occurred to you that the very company delivering the electricity to power your every day would also help send your child to college. That’s exactly what happened to twelve high school seniors whose families receive electricity from REC. These students have each earned $1,000 college scholarships awarded by the Education Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).

Seven are recipients of the William M. Alphin Memorial Scholarship, given in memory of the long-time board member and past chairman of the REC board of directors:

  • Dev Patel of Fredericksburg, a senior at Massaponax High School and the son of Rajesh and Vanita Patel.
  • Sarah Petras of Stephens City, a senior at Sherando High School and the daughter of Cyril and Susan Petras.
  • Robert Horn, Jr. of Rhoadesville, a senior at Orange County High School and the son of Loretta and Robert Horn, Sr.
  • Noah Mills of Culpeper, a senior at Culpeper County High School and the son of Jeremy and Cheri Mills.
  • David Clarke of Tappahannock, a senior at Essex High School and the son of Tina Clarke.
  • Jonathan Richmond of Ruckersville, a senior at Richmond Academy and son of Brian and Venita Richmond.
  • William Kemmerly, a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School and son of Heather and Guy Kemmerly of Gum Spring.

William's sister, Christine Kemmerly, who is also a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, has received a Gertrude Winston Memorial Scholarship, given in memory of the mother of long-time REC board member Richard Oliver.

In addition, four students received Worth M. Hudson Scholarships, named for the first chairman of the VMDAEC Education Scholarship Foundation and former chairman of the board of directors of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Chase City, Va. These recipients are:

  • Maria Wright of Ruckersville, a senior at William Monroe High School and the daughter of Robert and Nina Wright.
  • Maria Bowen of Stephens City, a senior at Sherando High School and the daughter of David and Janice Bowen.
  • Sarah Coates of Banco, a senior at Madison County High School and the daughter of James and Ann Coates.
  • Sara Walters of Fredericksburg, a senior at Massaponax High School and the daughter of Howard and Ginger Walters.

All 12 students were awarded the scholarships based on a competitive screening process and were eligible for consideration because their parents are members of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC).  Recipients are chosen based on three major criteria: financial need (40 percent), academic achievement (40 percent) and community involvement (20 percent). Applicants must also provide evidence of their acceptance in a post-high school educational institution or program.

The Foundation is funded through tax-deductible donations and bequests from individuals, proceeds from benefit fundraising events and Co-Bank's Sharing Success Program. It also participates in the Amazon Smile Program. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded a total of 627 scholarships totaling $526,500. 

CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America.The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services toagribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states.

Founded in 1944, VMDAEC is the trade association for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and 14 other electric co-ops that serve Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. It is based in Glen Allen, Va. and provides safety and employee training, governmental relations, communications, including the publication of Cooperative Living magazine, and other services to its member cooperatives. For more information on VMDAEC, visit or

REC provides electric service to over 164,000 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. For more information about REC, please visit Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.