Washington D.C. Youth Tour

Due to health and safety concerns surrounding travel, the 2021 NRECA Youth Tour has been cancelled.

We are continuing to monitor the global COVID-19 pandemic. For everyone’s health and safety the decision was made to cancel the 2021 Washington D.C. Youth Tour as well as the Idaho Youth Rally. We will be reaching out to applicants to offer them other opportunities. We regret this but the health and safety of our participants is, as always, our first priority.

Thank you to all the students who applied! In light of the tour cancellation, our selected winner, Gavin Doherty of Hermiston has been awarded a scholarship. Applications for the 2022 NRECA Youth Tour will be available in November.

Several students talking with a man in front of a building in Washington DC. Youth Tour logo.

Application Deadline was January 15, 2021

2021 Washington, D.C. Youth Tour with National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

UEC Entry Guidelines & Applications

The tour is open to qualified high school juniors attending school in Umatilla, Morrow, or Union Counties, whose parent or guardian is a current member of Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC). UEC will pay all of the expenses involved with the trip except for spending money that the finalist may want to take.

*Subject to change. If event is canceled or restricted, UEC will provide a scholarship in lieu of the trip. You are welcome to call Amy Callan at 541 567-6414 for a current update before submitting an application.

Completed applications and parental consent are required to be postmarked or received at UEC by 5 p.m. on January 15, 2021.

*Subject to change. If event is canceled or restricted, UEC
will provide a scholarship in lieu of the trip

Applicants need to include a photo of themselves with their completed application.

Applicants are required to submit either a short video or essay on one of the following topics:

  • Tell us about yourself and what you are passionate about.
  • Describe your view of one of the major challenges facing our nation and what potential solution(s) you envision.

If you do a video, it should be about 60-90 seconds long. It will be judged on content rather than production values. Should you choose to do an essay, it should be between 300-400 words.

Submit your completed essay or video and picture using one of these three options:

  • Drop off your completed materials in person at our Hermiston or Boardman office.
  • Submit via email
  • Send a link to a Google Doc or video file to the email address above.

Submissions will be judged by a committee chosen by Umatilla Electric. Semi-finalists may be requested to interview in person. Umatilla Electric will be selecting two finalists and two alternates. All applicants will be notified of selection status.

The selected students will represent Umatilla Electric Cooperative and will join other Oregon delegates for a trip to Washington, D.C. The NRECA Youth Tour will be held from June 17 – 25, 2021.

The selected students agree that if selected, he/she will participate in activities that help promote the youth tour. You may also be asked to attend UEC’s Annual Meeting in April 2021 to report on the overall experience of the trip.