WANTED: The next generation of leaders – What do 1,500 high school students, our nation’s capital and electric cooperatives have in common?

What do 1,500 high school students, our nation’s capital and electric cooperatives have in common? The Washington Youth Tour, that’s what.

Youth Tour was established with one thought in mind—to inspire our next generation of leaders. Since 1964, more than 50,000 young Americans have taken advantage of this special opportunity offered by their electric cooperative. This year, it all happens June 11-16, when Palmetto will once again sponsor three students on a tour of the nation’s capital.

Youth Tour is much more than a sightseeing trip. Students have repeatedly shared that this experience has helped them grow into successful professionals. It has also benefited our local communities. Youth Tour participants return home with a deeper understanding and skillset of what it takes to be a leader, and as a result, they put these skills to use right here in our community.

Investing in youth
Click here to learn more about the Youth Tour, as well as details on another opportunity for local students, ourWIRE scholarships for high school seniors. Before I share yet another educational outreach effort, let me first pause and explain why Palmetto Electric does all this.

As an electric cooperative, we’re more than a power provider. Our mission is to provide diversified, innovative energy and related services to its customers consistent with sound business practices, while always acting in a community-building leadership role.

And, in a cooperative, members play a part, too. Those of you who support Operation Round Up, for instance, help fund another program that builds tomorrow’s community leaders – the Palmetto Electric Trust Scholarship.

Two big scholarships
The Palmetto Electric Trust Scholarship Fund was established by the Palmetto Electric Trust (PET), the volunteer board that administers member donations to Operation Round Up. The purpose is to assist qualified students in pursuit of a post-secondary education who demonstrate a willingness to learn.

These are major scholarships! One PET scholarship covers up to $5,000 a year for four consecutive years at a four-year university or college; the other is for up to $3,000 a year at two-year technical colleges.

A scholarship will be given to a qualifying student in both categories from each county we serve – Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties. Applicants must be legal residents of one of the counties and must be a high school senior scheduled to graduate in the spring of the current school year. They must have a cumulative grade point average between 85 and 92 and score of 700 or better on the SAT while demonstrating financial need.

Click here for details about the PET scholarship or other Palmetto scholarships or call 1-800-922-5551.

Don’t be late applying.

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