Washington Youth Tour

Teachers, Students represent Marlboro Electric in Washington, DC

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Marlboro Electric will be offering this opportunity of a lifetime again to two area high school juniors in Marlboro or Dillon County.  Students selected will receive an all-expense paid educational experience to Washington, DC.  In addition, one lucky student will have the opportunity to win a $5,000 college scholarship on a statewide cooperative level.

While in Washington, students visit landmarks, monuments, historic sites, museums, the Capitol, take a boat ride on the Potomac River and much more.  They will also meet their S.C. congressional representative, and learn about government and electric cooperatives. Each year in June, an action-filled week provides high school students opportunities to learn first-hand what it’s like to be involved in politics, community service and the energy industry. Students will also take part in special Youth Tour programs with 1,500 other high school juniors from across the country who participate in their state’s Youth Tour program.

In addition, South Carolina high school teachers and guidance counselors can apply through January 31st to join The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC) on the Washington Youth Tour. Two teachers will be selected to join rising high school seniors from across South Carolina for the June trip. ECSC pays each chaperone’s costs for transportation, hotel room, exhibit admissions and three meals a day.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour is a joint effort of local electric co-ops, their statewide co-op associations, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), based in Arlington, Va.

Since 1964, the nation’s cooperative electric utilities have sponsored more than 40,000 high school juniors and seniors for visits to their U.S. congressional delegations, energy and grassroots government education sessions, and sightseeing in Washington. NRECA is the national service organization representing the nation’s more than 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, which provide electric service to 42 million people in 47 states.

Applications will be available to apply December 1 - January 31 for Teachers and Students  or contact Matt Haynie, Marketing & Communications Representative at (843) 479-3855. A panel of judges will select who will represent Marlboro Electric Cooperative for the next Washington Youth Tour in June.  Applicants will be notified by March 20th.