Dominion Awards Memorial Scholarships to Six Students

- Six students selected from 123 applicants in seven states
- Scholarships honor students slain in Virginia Tech shootings

RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion has selected six college-bound students as recipients of the Dominion Memorial Scholarship. Each student will receive up to $5,000 for the upcoming academic year as they pursue a degree in higher education.

The scholarship funds, now in their ninth year, were established in the memory of Matthew Gregory Gwaltney, Rachael Elizabeth Hill and Nicole Regina White, students with close ties to Dominion who were slain in the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. These scholarships are available to the children of Dominion employees and retirees. Each scholarship is renewable for up to three years.

“These six students were selected based on their community service, leadership, and academic performance,” said Hunter Applewhite, director-Community Affairs. “The scholarships honor the memories of Matthew, Rachael, and Nicole through the outstanding accomplishments of the scholarship recipients.”

The winners are:

  • Abigail Rose Baukus, Uncasville, Conn., will attend the University of Oklahoma to study biomedical engineering.
  • Katherine Kristine Dye, West Milford, W.Va., will attend West Virginia University to study chemistry.
  • Mira Jignesh Jain, of Yorktown, Va., will attend Howard University to study biology.
  • Geo Min, Toano, Va., will attend Virginia Tech to study engineering.
  • Willow Janine Pederson, West Point, Va., will attend Virginia Tech to study business.
  • Jared Scott Yant, Olmstead Falls, Ohio, will attend Ohio State University- Fischer College of Business to study business with a concentration in finance.

Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary of Dominion (NYSE: D), one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy. Dominion provides energy or products and services to more than 5 million customers in 14 states. It has a portfolio of approximately 25,700 megawatts of generation and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion also operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 933 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at

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