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Virginia Natural Gas Creates ODU Scholarship in Honor of Late Board of Visitors Member Jodi S. Gidley

Jodi S. Gidley, the late president of Virginia Natural Gas and member of the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors, was honored recently with a dedication of the company's corporate headquarters and announcement of a scholarship fund, both in her name.

Virginia Natural Gas announced in late November the creation of the Jodi S. Gidley Legacy Scholarship at Old Dominion University, where Gidley earned her master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology.

She was a valued member of the ODU board since July 1, 2013, serving on the administration and finance and student advancement committees.

The scholarship recognizes the importance of increasing the engagement and retention of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The grant will be awarded annually to a female full-time student who is pursuing an engineering degree and participates in the Engineering Early Advantage Program at ODU.

During the late November dedication ceremony, a commemorative plaque was placed outside the company's Virginia Beach headquarters paying tribute to Gidley's leadership and her commitment to Virginia Natural Gas, the community and the state. Virginia State Sen. Jeff McWaters presented a framed memorial resolution from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

To contribute to the Jodi S. Gidley Legacy Scholarship fund, please visit the Old Dominion University Office of Development website and click "Give to ODU Now." Checks may also be made payable to the Old Dominion University Educational Foundation, 4417 Monarch Way, 4th floor, Norfolk, Va., 23529. (Please include Jodi S. Gidley Scholarship in the memo line of the check.)

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