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04-Jun-2018Two Area Students Earn Electric Co-op Scholarships

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com)


Two area high school students, Andrew Golladay, a recent graduate of Riverheads High School, and Layton Stevens, a recent graduate of Rockbridge County High School, have received $1,000 college scholarships by the Education Scholarship Foundation of the Virginia, Maryland, Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. Both students were eligible for consideration because their parents are consumer-members of BARC Electric Cooperative.

Andrew, the son of Spencer and Sherri Golladay of Raphine, is a member of the National Honor Society and attended the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School and Riverheads. While at Riverheads, Andrew was a starting pitcher for the baseball team and was part of the Richmond Braves travel baseball team in 2017. Andrew is an outdoor enthusiast who plans to pursue environmental studies at Lynchburg College in the fall.

Layton, the son of Stacy and Vicki Stevens of Rockbridge Baths, is a member of the Spanish National Honor Society. While at Rockbridge County High School, Layton played four years of varsity football for RCHS and was the 2018 winner of the Brewbaker Award for leadership. Layton will attend the College of Charleston in the fall in the honors program where he will pursue a double major in Business Management and Finance, with a minor in Spanish.

Recipients are chosen based on a competitive screening process that considers financial (40%), academic achievement (40%) and community involvement (20%). Applicants must also provide evidence of their acceptance into a post-high school educational institution or program.

This year, the Foundation is awarding 54 Worth Hudson scholarships to students who live in areas served by electric cooperatives in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The scholarships are named in honor of Worth Hudson, the Foundation’s first chairman and former chairman of the board of directors of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in Chase City, VA. Since its inception in 2000, the Foundation has awarded 683 scholarships totaling $585,500.

The Foundation is funded through tax-deductible donations and bequests from individuals, proceeds from benefit fundraising events and Co-Bank’s Sharing Success Program.

About BARC

BARC Electric Cooperative is a customer-owned electric cooperative serving 13,000 residents, farms and businesses across five counties in Virginia. To continue to serve and meet the needs of its members, BARC constructed the first community solar garden in the Commonwealth and provides high-speed Internet, telephone and television service through BARC Connects, its wholly-owned fiber-to-the-home subsidiary. To learn more about all the exciting things happening at BARC, visit www.barcelectric.com.

BARC is a member of the Virginia, Maryland, Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) in Glen Allen, VA that provides safety and training, communications and legislative services to 15 electric cooperatives serving the three-state Mid-Atlantic region. For more information on VMDAEC and the scholarship program, visit www.vmdaec.com or www.co-opliving.com.