The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour is an annual event offered by Coastal Electric and coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC). Local high school juniors are selected annually to represent their school, their State and Coastal Electric as delegates on a week long, all expenses paid educational trip to our nation’s capital. Participants get to see government in action, visit historical sites, learn about co-ops, and meet students from around the nation.Once chosen, students representing Coastal Electric are eligible to compete for the R.D. Bennett College Scholarship awarded by the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and compete for a position on the National Youth Leadership Council.
Students chosen for the Washington Youth Tour are also eligible to attend the Cooperative Youth Summit, a four-day, three-night event in Columbia. Chosen students will have the chance to enhance their leadership skills, engage in team-building exercises, learn about electric cooperatives and how state government works and spend time with other cooperative students from across the entire state.
More than 1,800 students from 40 states are expected to participate in 2019 so if you or someone you know is interested, then fill out this online application. The deadline for 2019 is March 1st.