Virginia 811 Announces New Scholarship Program

Virginia 811 Announces New Scholarship Program for Students Planning to Pursue a Career in Safety/Underground Utility Damage Prevention

IN AN EFFORT to give back to stakeholders involved in underground utilities and damage prevention across the Commonwealth, and to help students pursue further learning opportunities, Virginia 811 recently launched a new scholarship program. Virginia 811 will award two Virginia high school students whose parents or legal guardians play a role in maintaining Virginia’s underground utility infrastructure and/or directly contribute to preventing damages to that infrastructure with a $1,500 scholarship.

“Virginia 811 embraces its role within damage prevention and the protection of underground utilities with a ‘passion to serve, and dedication to safety’ mindset,” explains Scott Crawford, President & CEO of Virginia 811. “This is its mission, its core, and we work to foster an environment of continuous improvement. Central to continuous improvement is continuous and lifelong learning through the pursuit of educational opportunities, both formal and informal. Through such efforts, Virginia 811 team members can identify new and better strategies to serve stakeholders,” he noted.

It is in this spirit that Virginia 811 decided to launch the Virginia 811 Scholarship Program, designed to serve the children of key stakeholders with a goal of helping them actualize their own continuous improvement through their continuing education.

A committee is currently reviewing eligible applicants with the goal of awarding two one-year, $1,500 college scholarships to Virginia high school seniors who meet certain criteria including, but not limited to:

• A current GPA of 3.5 or higher

• Have at least one parent or legal guardian who works full or part-time at a Virginia 811 member utility, as a utility locator in Virginia, or as a professional excavator operating in Virginia whose company has successfully set up a Web Ticket Entry Account with Virginia 811

• Plans to attend either an accredited community college, trade school, or a four-year college or university in the fall after graduation. Virginia 811 strives to provide exceptional service with a relentless pursuit of producing high quality and accurate locate requests to protect life and property by ensuring information is conveyed between those excavating in Virginia and the member utilities excavation projects potentially affect. Utility operators are then able to have locators mark their underground utility lines in the area to mitigate the risk of accidents at excavation sites.

Winners will be selected in the coming weeks, with a goal of presenting the two successful applicants the scholarship funds by the beginning of the 2021- 22 academic year.

“Central to continuous improvement is continuous and lifelong learning through the pursuit of educational opportunities, both formal and informal.”

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