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Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Each year, Ozarks Electric Cooperative sends four high school juniors on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. called Youth Tour. Youth Tour is coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and sponsored by electric cooperatives across the nation. Students will join more than 1,500 other young leaders in D.C. to learn about our nation's government, our nation's history and their place in our nation's future. Winners are selected through an essay and interview process.

Students may contact their high school guidance counselors for information about Youth Tour. The application requires that each student write an essay on a topic provided by Ozarks Electric and provide at least one letter of recommendation. All applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline to be eligible. Applicants should be successful in academics, engaged in extra-curricular activities and/or community service and have demonstrated leadership potential.

After the essays are judged, finalists will be selected to be interviewed. Winners from Arkansas and Oklahoma are selected to attend the trip that takes place in June each summer.

Deadline is March 1, 2023 at 5 p.m. The 2023 Youth Tour will be from June 16-22.

This contest is open to all current high school juniors attending one of the following schools, as well as homeschoolers residing in those districts.

  • Arkansas Arts Academy
  • Cave Springs High School
  • Don Tyson School of Innovation
  • Elkins High School
  • Farmington High School
  • Greenland High School
  • Haas Hall Academy
  • Fayetteville Christian
  • Fayetteville High School
  • Har-Ber High School
  • Huntsville High School
  • Lincoln High School
  • Prairie Grove High School
  • Prism Education Center
  • Saint Paul High School
  • Shiloh Christian
  • Sequoyah Tahlequah High School
  • Springdale High School
  • Stilwell High School
  • Watts High School
  • West Fork High School
  • Westville High School

 


Youth Tour Application

 

At least one letter of recommendation is required. Recommenders should be teachers, counselors, or other community mentors or contacts. Recommenders may not be family members. Please enter the name and email address for each recommender you choose below. Your recommender will submit their letters online through a link which will be emailed to them once you submit your application. It is advised that you contact your recommenders to let them know your request is coming and to verify their recommendation was submitted. Recommendation letters are due by the application deadline: March 1, 2023 at 5 p.m.

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