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Courtland senior earns Dominion scholarship in memory of Tech shooting victims

Tatiana Sokolova

Dominion Virginia Power just announced that Courtland High School senior Tatiana Alekseyevna Sokolova has won a scholarship from the power company. Below are details from spokeswoman Daisy Pridgen.



  RICHMOND, Va.– Tatiana Alekseyevna Sokolova of Spotsylvania County is one of six winners of the Dominion Memorial Scholarship Program. Tatiana will receive up to $5,000 for the 2012-2013 academic year. The scholarship is renewable for an additional three years.

Now in its fifth year, the scholarship fund was established in memory of Matthew Gwaltney, Rachael Hill and Nicole White – students with close ties to Dominion who were killed in the April 16, 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.The scholarships are awarded to the children or grandchildren of Dominion employees. Tatiana is the daughter of Jonathan Cherry, a nuclear engineer at North Anna Power Station in Mineral,Va.

“Tatiana was selected based on her academic performance, community service and leadership,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “She has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in these areas, and we are proud to award her this scholarship.  Matthew, Rachael and Nicole were known for these traits.  We are confident she will honor their memories through her continued success.”

Tatiana used her experience as a Russian immigrant to establish a Multicultural Club at her school to educate students about the importance of diversity. Her list of interests and accomplishments include science (team leader and main engineer for a model rocket competition); academics (AP Scholar and various honor societies); sports (varsity soccer and travel team); and music (saxophone, marching band).

After graduating from CourtlandHigh School, Tatiana plans to attend theUniversity ofVirginia to study engineering. She was selected from among 164 applicants from 14 states.

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,500 megawatts of generation. Dominion operates the nation’s largest natural gas storage system and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at