Washington D.C. Youth Tour

Win a Trip of a Lifetime!

2023 Washington, D.C. Youth Tour with National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

Youth Tour delegates will represent Oregon and the Northwest, join more than 1,500 other students from across the United States for the once-in-a-lifetime trip. During the course of the visit and trip, students will visit famous historical sites, meet with Oregon’s congressional leaders, and learn valuable leadership skills. The students will also create podcasts and digital photo projects as they learn about electric cooperatives and current issues in energy and climate change legislation that face their communities and the United States.

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. Applicants need to include a photo of themselves with their completed application for use in Ruralite magazine should they be the winning entrant.

Ready to Apply? Applications are due Jan. 19.

Complete your application below. Umatilla Electric will be selecting two finalists. 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 – 23, 2023. 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 report on the overall experience of the trip.

NRECA Youth Tour Application

I understand that I must be a high school Junior during the 2022-23 school year and that my parent or guardian must be a current member of Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC).

Part 1: Applicant Information

Applicants Name(Required)
Please enter student's name as it appears on Oregon ID/DL.
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Street Address(Required)
Mailing Address
Fill out this section if mailing address is different than physical street address. If not, leave blank.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Name
How do you prefer to be contacted?
Please check all that apply.
Account numbers can be found on your UEC billing statement, in SmartHub under My Account, or by calling (541) 567-6414.
Photos will be published online and in Ruralite Magazine for winning applicants.
Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, Max. file size: 100 MB.
Submit completed application form by 6:00pm, February 1, 2023.

Part 2: Personal & Academic Achievements

Letters can be from a teacher, counselor, coach, community member or employer.
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    Describe your participation in clubs, sports, groups, organizations, leadership positions you hold.
    Describe your participation in church groups, community organizations, and civic groups, statewide or national organizations.
    List achievements, awards, honors and recognition you have earned academically, through athletics, the community and elsewhere during your high school years.
    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.
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    Email Amy.Callan@umatillaelectric.com if you have any questions or issues submitting your application materials.
    Max. file size: 100 MB.