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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 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. Yes, you will have plenty of time to make even more friends.

While in D.C. you will arrive very early every morning to prepare for the day’s events. Because we have a lot to do…including the following:

You will visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Woman’s Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Holocaust Museum, 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, watch the Marine Corps Silent Drill and Parade team, visit the Lincoln Memorial and the Roosevelt Memorial, 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 finally go to the Washington Monument.

After all this you board your plane and fly home. 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 2016 and reside in the Ravalli County are eligible to apply. Applicants need not be siblings of Ravalli Electric Co-op members. To enter students are required to submit a short video. This year’s deadline is November 30, 2016. As a Ravalli Electric Co-op entry, you would be required to submit your video and application to us. Example Video We then choose a winner from our cooperative’s entries.

What is the topic?

2017 Youth Tour Topic:

 In the past, we had essay competitions. But this year we are changing the application process! Students are required to submit a short video about something you’re passionate about and relate it to the cooperative model or mission. Be sure to include how your topic relates to the cooperative model or mission (that is where your research comes in!) 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.

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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. 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!

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