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Washington Youth Tour & Cooperative Youth Summit Employee/Trustee Child/Grandchild Application

Attention high school students! If your parent or grandparent is an employee or trustee of one of 19 electric cooperatives (members of the state association of co-ops) in South Carolina, you could be selected for one of two unforgettable trips in the summer of 2021.

Juniors can apply now for the Washington Youth Tour, June 21-26, 2021. If selected, you'll explore Washington, D.C., with 1,600 high school juniors from across the countrymeeting lawmakers and touring all the sights. South Carolina's electric co-ops will cover your round-trip plane ticket, tours and meals. In other words, It’s all free!

Sophomores and/or juniors can apply for the Cooperative Youth Summit, July 12-15, 2021. If selected, you'll experience South Carolina’s capital like never before. Tour the State House, meet lawmakers and see how co-ops are preparing for our state’s energy future. Plus, there’s plenty of fun with visits to popular Columbia attractions like Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. This trip is also free!

Students selected for either trip are eligible to compete for a $5,000 college scholarship courtesy of the state's electric cooperatives.

While we anticipate the Washington Youth Tour and Cooperative Youth Summit happening in 2021, circumstances related to COVID-19 may prevent one or both from safely taking place. In the event of cancellation, selected students will be offered the opportunity to attend the Virtual Youth Experience June 21-25—a five-day virtual leadership program that will connect students with state and federal leaders.

Deadline for applications is Friday, February 5, 2021.

Questions? Call Van O'Cain at (803) 739-3048 or e-mail

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