Newman earns VCC scholarship

Published 6:00 am Friday, May 15, 2020

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Jordan Newman, a senior at Cumberland High School in Cumberland County, has earned a $1,500 educational scholarship from the Virginia Cooperative Council (VCC).


After the state response to the COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of VCC’s annual Virginia Institute on Cooperative Education (VICE), student applicants were invited to complete a more in-depth project on the cooperative business of their choice in order to be considered for scholarships normally awarded to top VICE participants.

“Jordan not only earned 100% scores on two online tests based on information we provided about Virginia cooperatives, but also submitted a top-notch report on Farmers’ Cooperative of Farmville,” VCC board member Brian Wolfe said. Wolfe works for Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and served on this year’s review panel.

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Newman has been accepted by Virginia Tech University for the fall of 2020, where he plans to study agribusiness.

“VCC scholarships are funded by the Virginia Foundation of Cooperation, created a decade ago following generous donations by Claud Scroggs and Luther Raper to the council,” Executive Secretary Mary Howell said. “Despite limitations created by COVID-19, we were able to fulfill our mission of educating young Virginians about cooperatives and give this year’s VICE applicants the same opportunity to earn scholarships as in previous years.”