Youth Tour Essay and Scholarship Contest

For decades, Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CHEC) along with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC), and other Oklahoma rural electric cooperatives have been sponsoring the Washington Youth Tour Essay and Scholarship Contest for high school juniors. The Youth Tour program is designed to educate students on the role of electric co-ops in the national economy, foster appreciation for the democratic form of government, and instill invaluable leadership skills. Traditionally this contest not only awarded four winners with $1000 each in scholarship money, it also included an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. This trip of a lifetime has been an annual highlight for scholarship winners each year. However, with the health and safety of our students and sponsors being a top priority, the decision was made to cancel the trip for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the cancellation of the trip is disappointing, Cookson Hills Electric is turning lemons into lemonade. In lieu of this year's trip, we have decided to double the scholarship amount to $2000 for the four winners in 2021.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, participants must be classified as eleventh grade students who attend a school or are homeschooled in Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative’s service area. It is not a requirement for the parent/guardian of the student to be a member of Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative. For more information, please contact Brad Martin at 800-328-2368 or consult with your high school scholarship coordinator.


Download the 2021 Youth Tour Guidelines

Download the CO-OP 101 Study Booklet

Download the Entry Form