Washington, D.C. Youth Tour

2021 Youth Tour 

The 2021 Youth Tour has been canceled. 

Due to many concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Montana Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) will not participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. This means Flathead Electric Co-op will not send students to Washington D.C. in 2021. In lieu of the Youth Tour, Flathead Electric and MECA will offer a different opportunity for local students.

Scholarship Essay Contest

Flathead Electric Co-op is offering an essay contest for five $1,000 one-time scholarships for future college or trade school in the state of Montana. To be eligible, students must be current high school sophomores or juniors in the Flathead Electric service territory, and their parent or guardian must be served by Flathead Electric Cooperative. Like all Flathead Electric Co-op scholarships, these awards are funded by unclaimed capital credit dollars which must be used for educational purposes in the state 

The top-rated essay will be submitted to the statewide competition for a chance to win an additional $2,500 scholarship sponsored by MECA.

To enter, students need to submit an essay in response to the question: How has reliable electricity benefited you and your community through the COVID-19 pandemic?

Enter Essay Contest

About Youth Tour

2017 Youth tour participants on location in the D.C. area.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. sends more than 1,500 high-school students to Washington, D.C. each year to learn about the history of this country and the role electric cooperatives played in that history, and to meet with their congressional delegation.  Montana sends more than 25 students each year to participate in the Youth tour at no cost to those students.A Youth Tour participant experiences the Vietnam War Memorial.

Flathead Electric Co-op offers two “all expense paid” trips to Washington, D.C. Youth Tour each year to high school sophomores or juniors from schools in the Flathead Electric service territory. The student’s parent or guardian must be served by Flathead Electric Cooperative.

 

Youth Tour Perspectives

Students selected often describe the trip as a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” Click the buttons below to read about the highlights, as told by past participants.