Washington Youth Tour & Cooperative Youth Summit

Washington Youth Tour

Local students on the 2019 Washington Youth Tour included (from left) Christian Britschge, Laura Keller, Chynna Sneed, Alexis Tuten and Nicholas Magnin.

Three local high school juniors are selected annually to represent Palmetto Electric Cooperative as delegates to the Washington Youth Tour, a weeklong—all expenses paid—educational trip to our nation’s capital. Participants see government in action, visit historical sites, learn about co-ops and meet students from around the nation.

They also are eligible to compete for the R.D. Bennett College Scholarship awarded by the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and compete for a position on the National Youth Leadership Council.

More than 1,500 students participate in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour each year. Delegates travel to Washington, D.C., where you will get a chance to meet with your local U.S. Representatives and Senators. This unique trip will give you the opportunity to watch history come alive as you explore the museums, memorials and monuments with students from your state. You will meet student leaders from nearly every state and hear dynamic leaders on Youth Day. Bottom line, you will make friendships that will last a lifetime and be part of a group that has more than 50,000 alumni in every walk of life including U.S. Senators and CEOs.

Local students representing Palmetto Electric on the Cooperative Youth Summit included (from left) Mark Martel, Lizzy Stinson, Chynna Sneed and Alexis Tuten.

Cooperative Youth Summit

Three high school sophomores and/or juniors will have the chance to experience South Carolina’s capital like never before.  Students will tour the Statehouse, meet lawmakers and see how co-ops are preparing for our state’s energy future. 

Participants will have plenty of fun with visits to popular Columbia attractions like Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.  Palmetto Electric will cover all expenses including transportation, lodging and meals.

HOW TO APPLY – One application, two great opportunities

Youth Tour and Youth Summit applicants’ primary residence must be served by Palmetto Electric. Students must submit a completed application, a photo and a letter of reference. SAT scores, class standing, or grade-point average are not considered.  Finalists participate in a personal interview.

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Applications are available online at the link below. High school juniors may apply for both the Washington Youth Tour and the Cooperative Youth Summit, if interested. All applications must be submitted before 5 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Students with any questions can contact Brooke Mingledorff at  youthtour@palmetto.coop or call (843) 208-5556 or 1-800-922-5551

Deadline:  February 28, 2020

2020 Washington Youth Tour & Cooperative Youth Summit Application