Youth Programs

/Youth Programs
Youth Programs 2017-08-21T19:19:00+00:00

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 kids 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?

Ravalli Electric Youth Tour Video

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 short video.   Example Video   This year’s deadline is December 1, 2017.

What is the topic?

2018 Youth Tour Topic: What are you passionate about and how does it relate to a cooperative?

Students will create and submit a short video about something you are passionate about and how it can relate to the cooperative model or mission. If you aren’t sure what a cooperative is, you may need to do a little research. Videos will be posted on the Ravalli Electric Co-op Facebook page, available for you to share it with your friends and family. The more likes your video generates may be considered in judging the winner.

Use the Resource Guide for more information about the youth tour and electric cooperatives.

Submit this Application along with your essay by November 30, 2016 to be considered.

If you have any questions about the Washington DC Youth Tour, please call Jim Maunder at REC: (406)961-3001 or email him 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, 2017, but no later than 4:30 p.m. close of business Friday, March 3, 2017. 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.

Download Application
  • 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. All applications must be returned to the Co-op.   Applicants must return their application form, transcripts, and letters of reference to Ravalli Electric Co-op by January 31, 2017.  Good Luck!

Download Application