Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is accepting applications for The Washington Youth Tour it sponsors along with the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives and other electric cooperatives across the country. This is an educational, week-long trip to Washington, D.C., taking place this year June 16 - 22. In just five days, students will see the White House, Smithsonian Institute, Arlington National Cemetery, the Newseum (the world’s most interactive museum), Mount Vernon, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial and will also spend a day on Capitol Hill to meet their elected officials.
Youth tourists are also eligible to apply for the $2,500 Gwyn B. Price Scholarship and $2,000 Katie Bunch Memorial Scholarship. In addition, they will be eligible to compete to serve on the Youth Leadership Council and receive a $2,000 college scholarship upon completion of his/her responsibilities.
Applications are due by March 15. Up to four students may be selected to represent Blue Ridge Electric.
Blue Ridge Electric also offers youth leadership training for up to seven local students to attend the summer Broyhill Leadership Conference at Queens College in Charlotte. The five-day conference is open to 10th through 12th grade students nominated by their guidance counselor. The Broyhill Leadership Conference helps students understand goal setting, motivational techniques, group dynamics, communication, and cooperation.
Applications for the Washington Youth Tour and Broyhill Leadership Conference are available from high school guidance counselors, local community colleges, or online at BlueRidgeEMC.com under the “In the Community” tab. For more information, contact Grey Scheer, director of community relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-800-451-5474, Ext. 3294.
Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties.