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Washington DC Youth Tour

What is it?

Each and every year Ravalli Electric Co-op sponsors a student to the National Rural Electric’s Youth to Washington, D.C. Tour. During the month of June, a group of lucky Montana youths join over one thousand other students from across the nation on the trip of a lifetime.

What happens on the trip?

The trip begins with a flight to Washington, D.C. with all the Montana participants. The perfect opportunity to meet new friends! Once arriving at your destination, you would find another 1,500 students from across the nation all staying at the same hotel.

While there, adventure in D.C. awaits where you can….

View the White House, tour Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, watch the Changing of the Guard, visit the Kennedy grave sites, visit the Smithsonian National Zoo, visit the International Spy Museum and Holocaust Museum, go to the Washington Monument Vietnam,  the Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Woman’s Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, attend a theater performance, visit the Pentagon City Mall, take part in a Youth Day Town Hall meeting, tour the National Cathedral, tour the Smithsonian Museums, stop by the Hard Rock Café, enjoy a Moonlight Cruise and Dance on the Potomac River, visit your state congressional representatives, tour the Capitol, visit the Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial, visit the Lincoln Memorial and the Roosevelt Memorial, take in a Nationals Baseball Game and MORE!

After all this you board your plane and fly home with friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Now, how is that for a free trip?

How do I apply?

Students who are in grades 10-12 in the fall of 2017 and reside in Ravalli County are eligible to apply. Students do not have to be a member of Ravalli Electric Co-op. To enter, students must fill out an application and submit a 2-page essay, short presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi) or create a short video.   Example Video   This year’s deadline is December 1, 2017.

What is the topic?

 Students will submit a 2-page essay, short presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi), or create a short video on the topic below.

The 2018 Youth Tour Topic: “Honoring Our Veterans”

One of the tour sites Youth Tour participants will visit is Arlington National Cemetery, which is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active-duty service members, veterans, and their families. Discuss the importance of those who have served their country and how we can honor them in our own communities. Do you have a special connection to a veteran or active duty member of the military in your community? Tell us about it…

Submit this Application along with your essay, presentation, or video by December 1, 2017 to be considered.  For more information see the Complete Youth Tour Resource Guide.

If you have any questions about the Washington DC Youth Tour, please call Melissa Greenwood at REC: (406)961-3001 or email at:

Youth Tour Student Application


Ravalli Electric Co-op “Luck of the Draw” Scholarships

Ravalli Electric Co-op annually distributes 12 – $1,000 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in our service territory. 

Applications must be received by the cooperative after January 31, 2018, but no later than 4:30 p.m. close of business Friday, March 2, 2018. Students will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of their application within seven days. If the student does not receive a letter, we did not receive their application.

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  • Students must be planning to attend an accredited 2 or 4 year institution of higher education
  • Parents or legal guardians must be an REC member at the time of application
  • Students must have maintained a “B” – 3.00 – grade point average from freshman through junior year and through the first semester of senior year
  • Students who are home schooled may apply and are asked to include their test scores from either the ACT or SAT college entrance exams
  • Students must be a U.S. citizen
  • The student and at least one parent or legal guardian must attend the annual meeting
Washington DC Youth Tour

Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association (MECA) Memorial Scholarship

Each year Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association awards four (4) scholarships in the amount of $500 each. The scholarships are funded by individual contributions to the Memorial Scholarship Program. To apply for the scholarship, applicants, parents or guardians must be a member of Ravalli Electric Cooperative.   Applicants must return their application form, transcripts, and letters of reference to Ravalli Electric Co-op by January 26, 2018.  Good Luck!

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