Virginia 811 to offer new scholarship program to students interested in underground utility damage prevention

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia 811 is offering a new scholarship program to award to two high school seniors who are planning to either major in and/or plan to pursue a career that aligns with the mission of Virginia 811 and will help contribute to underground utility damage prevention.

The not-for-profit organization plans to award two, one-year $1,500 college scholarships to Virginia high school seniors who meets the following criteria including:

  • 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, works as a Utility Locator locating utilities in Virginia, or is a Professional Excavator who works in Virginia and whose company has successfully set up a Web Ticket Entry Account with Virginia 811
  • Plan to attend either Community College or a four year, accredited, college or university by the following fall after graduation. 

“Virginia 811 is excited to be able to help successful candidates pursue further learning opportunities at the college level. Virginia 811’s ‘passion to serve, dedication to safety’ has facilitated its embracing a continuous improvement culture.  Central to continuous improvement is continuous learning; through learning, both formal and informal, team members can identify new and better strategies to serve stakeholders and to help with the safety at excavation sites.  In this spirit, Virginia 811 wants to serve the children of key stakeholders by helping them actualize their own continuous improvement through their continuing education.”  

Scott Crawford, President & CEO of Virginia 811

A full list of eligibility requirements, along with instructions on how to submit their application can be found by clicking here. All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 4. Applications received after the due date or not submitted in its entirely will not be considered. 

Winners will be announced by phone, email, and a written letter. 

For more information on the scholarship program, contact Steve Light, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, at Virginia 811 at 

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