Highland Senior Awarded SVEC Scholarship

Via a press release, Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative announced that 11 high school students were recipients of scholarships valued at $1,000 each. Over the last 31 years, SVEC has contributed more than $150,000 to area youth throughout its service territory, offering scholarships to high school seniors whose parents or guardians are members. This year, SVEC’s Operation Round Up Committee selected the 11 scholarship recipients from a pool of 46 highly qualified applicants. Operation Round Up is SVEC’s charitable giving program, consisting of nine members from around the co-op’s service territory, plus one SVEC employee.

This year, Highland High School student Erin Brendel, was one of the scholarship recipients. Ms. Brendel plans to attend Carson Newman University in Tennessee this fall.

In addition to SVEC’s scholarship program, the Education Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives awarded $1,000 scholarships to four students in SVEC’s territory. Overall, the foundation awarded Worth Hudson scholarships to 57 students. They are named in honor of Hudson, the foundation’s first chairman.

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Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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