VEC College Scholarship Deadline is Approaching

Volunteer Energy Cooperative wants to reward students who have used their time and talents to benefit their local communities. VEC’s LillardShadow scholarship program rewards academic and community service achievements by awarding four $2,000 scholarships to students who will graduate from high schools in VEC’s service area in the spring of 2016. The scholarships honor J.W. Lillard and Willis A Shadow, two community leaders who spearheaded efforts to bring electric power to Decatur and Meigs County in the 1930s, forming the organization that would become Volunteer Energy Cooperative. Mr. Shadow and Mr. Lillard were instrumental in improving the lives and livelihoods of thousands of residents through electric power. Four awards of $500 per semester each (renewable for up to four semesters) will be presented to spring 2016 high school graduates whose parents or guardians are VEC electric customers. Applications will be judged by an independent panel based on each student’s community service activities and citizenship – 40%; written communication skills – 20%; financial need – 25%; and academic achievement – 15%. Scholarship applications are available at any VEC Customer Service Center or from high school counselors in the VEC service area. Applications are also available online at All application materials must be completed and delivered to VEC’s Corporate Office in Decatur no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Time on March 4, 2016.