Throughout my cooperative career, I’ve been in the position of finding ways to support our local communities. That has taken the form of putting up lights at ballfields, volunteering to help at events and providing scholarships to help further education and trade opportunities.
With the class of 2022 graduating from high school, we were excited to have our member cooperatives recently award more than 60 scholarships totaling $63,500 across our three-state area. Formed in 2001, the VMDAEC Education Scholarship Foundation has provided approximately 840 scholarships totaling nearly $900,000. We are honored to be able to help these deserving young people from electric cooperative territories pursue education at a college, university or trade school.
We also provide scholarships to the Power Line Worker Program for students interested in line work. Six years ago, the electric cooperatives worked with Southside Virginia Community College and industry partners to get the program started. I recently had a chance to attend the graduation of the 400th student recently and continue to be touched by the lives that program has changed.
The Foundation is supported through tax-deductible donations and bequests from individuals, and 100% of the donations go to students for scholarships. For more information on donating, visit vmdaec.com/scholarship.
I am honored to lead the association in working with our member cooperatives to provide scholarship opportunities for their members. Cooperatives are uniquely positioned to help as they are locally owned and are integral parts of the communities they serve.
Brian S. Mosier, President & CEO
Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives