Youth Tour Essay and Scholarship Contest

Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CHEC) is once again sponsoring its Youth Tour Essay and Scholarship Contest for high school juniors.  The 2019 Youth Tour is set for June 14-20, 2019.

The Washington Youth Tour is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC), and Oklahoma's rural electric cooperatives who select 70 participants from their local service territories to represent Oklahoma in Washington, D.C. during that week.  The Youth Tour program educates students about the role of electric co-ops in the national economy; foster students' appreciation for the democratic form of government; expose students to the sights and sounds of our nation's heritage and build students' leadership skills so that they may make a difference in their communities.

Each year CHEC send four students on this trip of a lifetime.  CHEC's sponsorship covers; flight, room and board, tour admissions, meals and much more!  Also, students who attend Youth Tour will receive a $1,000 scholarship. 

To be eligible to compete, students need only to be a junior student attending one of the schools in Cookson Hills Electric's service territory, the student's parents do not need to be members of the cooperative.  Students will write and essay and finalists will be interviewed before final selection is announced.

For more information you may contact Donna Rhodes, Youth Tour Coordinator, 800-328-2368 or 918-775-2211 or