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DEADLINE EXTENDED: New deadline is Tuesday, March 23, 2021.


Youth Tour Update - Jan. 15, 2021

This year's Youth Tour Trip to Washington, D.C., has been canceled by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Read the full cancellation update

In light of this news, Northwestern Electric Cooperative is offering three $2,500 Youth Tour scholarships and two $1,000 Leadership Summit scholarships.

The contest will proceed as described below. The top three winners of the contest will have a choice between the following options:

Youth Tour Scholarship: Winners of this $2,500 scholarship will also have the opportunity to attend a condensed youth leadership conference hosted by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives, whether in-person or virtually. 

Leadership Summit Scholarship: The winners of this $1,000 scholarship will have the opportunity to attend Oklahoma's Association of Electric Cooperatives Leadership Summit in Oklahoma City in 2022, whether in-person or virtually. 

The remaining two winners of the Youth Tour contest will receive the remaining available options.

NOTE: All scholarships become available during the students first semester of college or trade school ( i.e. if a student wins in the 2021 contest they will not receive a scholarship until the fall of 2022 at the earliest).


About Youth Tour

Youth Tour is open to students enrolled in the 11th grade in our service territory.  The schools include Arnett, Buffalo, Fargo-Gage, Ft. Supply, Laverne, Mooreland, Sharon-Mutual, Shattuck, Vici and Woodward.

NOTE: students do not need to live in a household served by NWEC to qualify. ALL high school juniors from the schools listed above qualify.

The top three prizes are usually all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C.  Also up for grabs are two spots to Oklahoma's Electric Cooperatives Leadership Summit. Please read the above update to see the full and accurate description of the 2021 prizes.

The Washington, D.C. trip usually occurs in mid-June.  The thrill packed days include a visit with the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation, tour of Mount Vernon, a boat trip on the Potomac River, and all the major monuments.

The dates for Youth Tour 2021 were set for June 18-24, however the trip has been canceled by NRECA.

2020 "What is Youth Tour?" Flyer


About Leadership Summit

Each year, Northwestern Electric Cooperative chooses two high school students to send to Oklahoma’s Electric Cooperatives Leadership Summit.

These students are given the opportunity to broaden their skills and to interact with like-minded peers from across the state. Oklahoma’s Electric Cooperatives first launched the Leadership Summit in 2000 to help prepare students to become effective leaders and challenge them to take on important roles in their communities. Each participating co-op sponsors two high school seniors to attend the annual training.

Students who win as a junior will attend the conference the following year as a senior. 

Leadership Summit Flyer


How to Apply

Northwestern Electric selects the winners from students who submit a 600-800-word essay and either a video of the essay presentation as a prepared speech or a presentation (made with PowerPoint or Canva etc.) that has the student voicing over their presentation. The essay topic is: If you could create any type of cooperative for your community what would it be and why? Consider what services might better your community, think of including one or more of the seven cooperative principles, explain how the cooperative would run, where it would be located, etc. Keep in mind this can be ANY cooperative ( a broadband co-op, a candy store co-op, you name it!). Examples of real co-op's are: REI Recreational Equipment Inc., Ace Hardware, Land O'Lakes and Ocean Spray. If you need any help with inspiration just call our offices, we would be happy to help. 

Based on essay and presentation submissions, the top five students will participate in a Q and A session with a panel of judges via zoom. Prizes will be awarded based on the students' subject knowledge, originality, appearance and personality.

Submissions are due March 23, 2021. Applications can be completed by filling out the form below.

For more information, contact your Youth Tour Coordinator, Lyndsey Harvey, at 580-256-7425 or  


Application Form

Contest Guidelines

Contest Flyer


Essay Resources


USDA Rural Development - Cooperative Services

      How to start a cooperative

        Feasibility Study

        Co-ops 101

        Publications, reports and educational materials

Examples of Co-ops

Materials from Oklahoma's Association of Electric Cooperatives

      2018 youth tour study book

        Youth Tour informational website

        Youth Power Resource Manual

        Co-op 101 - Oklahoma Specific

Materials from Northwestern Electric Cooperative

        NWEC Corporate Profile



If you would like a hard copy of the Youth Power Resource Manual, Co-op 101 - Oklahoma Specific Booklet, or the Northwestern Electric Cooperative Inc. Corporate Profile, just stop by our Woodward office and we will be happy to provide those!


Interested in other youth opportunities? Learn more about:


Energy Camp

Fanning-Fussell Scholarship



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