Youth Tour replaced with Scholarship Opportunity

2021 Youth Tour

Montana’s electric cooperatives have elected not to participate in The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) 2021 Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. As a result of this decision, which was made considering new information presented by NRECA after the call for entries went out, Flathead Electric Cooperative has closed their current call for applications.

However, current high school sophomores and juniors are invited to compete in a new essay contest answering the question “How has reliable electricity benefited you and your community through the COVID-19 pandemic?” The essays will be judged, and the top five submissions will receive $1,000 scholarships for any future college or trade school in the state of Montana. Like all Flathead Electric Co-op scholarships, these awards are funded by unclaimed capital credit dollars which must be used for educational purposes in Montana.

In addition, the top-rated essay submitted to Flathead Electric Co-op will go on to compete in a statewide contest for an additional $2,500 scholarship sponsored by the Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association.

To be eligible for the Youth Tour Essay Scholarship Contest, the student must be a current sophomore or junior in high school and their parent or guardian must be a member of Flathead Electric Cooperative. The deadline to enter the contest is December 18. For more information or to submit an essay, visit