CVEC participates in the college scholarship program sponsored by the Virginia, Maryland, & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).

The VMDAEC Education Scholarship Foundation Board selects recipients based on a combination of weighted criteria: financial need at 40%, academic achievement at 40%, and personal statement at 20%.

The number of scholarships awarded each year is based upon funds available in the Foundation. Over the last 15 years, over 600 students have received funds for college.

  • Any graduating senior whose parents or guardians are members of CVEC are eligible to apply.
  • Students must be graduating and accepted at college or technical/trade school the following fall semester.
  • The $1000 scholarships can be used for tuition, student fees, room and board, or the purchase of books.
  • VMDAEC asks that all applications be submitted online as digital files. There are further instructions and details on the VMDAEC site here.

Want to become a Power Line Worker? Apply for a scholarship to an 11 week Career Studies Certificate at Southside Virginia Community College.  Find out more or apply for a Cooperative Scholarship here.

CVEC School Program

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In order to educate the next generation of members in safe, responsible energy practices, CVEC offers an in-school program about electricity and electrical safety. This program aligns with Virginia’s science SOLs for 3rd and 4th grade and incorporates activities which emphasize exploration, experimentation, critical thinking, reading, writing, and math skills.  The program includes three components: teacher lesson plans, the Circuit Display Lab, and a Live Line Demonstration.

Teacher Lesson Plans

Each lesson address SOLs from the 3rd or 4th grade electrical energy units. The lessons include teacher answer guides, activity sheets, instructions for experimentation, and reading, writing, and math activities that promote cross-curricular engagement. Download printable lesson plans from the links below:

4th Grade:

3rd Grade:

Live Line Demonstration

CVEC is eager to present a Live Line Safety Demonstration to the schools in its service area. Trained CVEC line technicians operate the Live Line, teaching students about their safety equipment, demonstrating the dangers of electrical wires and power lines, and answering students’ questions about electricity and CVEC. The live line demo uses full sized equipment on the back of a trailer and includes a few loud booms as the equipment operates.

Appointments for the Live Line demonstrations are limited, scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis, and must be booked at least three weeks in advance. To schedule a demonstration, contact Ginny Tyree at or call 800-367-2832, extension 1501.