2021 Youth Tour Competition

Since 1964, the nation’s electric cooperatives have sent student delegates to Washington, D.C. for the annual Youth Tour, organized by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), to gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen. Jackson EMC began sending delegates in 1971.  

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we will be awarding four outstanding high school students with college scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded in 2021 in lieu of a youth tour experience in Washington, D.C.  

Jackson EMC's 2021 Youth Tour Competition 

Applicants should be successful in academics, engaged in extracurricular activities and/or community service, and have demonstrated leadership potential. Applicants are evaluated on short-answer and essay questions, as well as letters of recommendation.

A panel of business, community and university leaders will interview the top 10 finalists on March 22 in a virtual setting. The competition is designed to recognize well-rounded high school sophomores and/or juniors with leadership potential or experience in their schools and communities. Successful delegates have demonstrated poise, articulation, tenacity, and a heart for service. 

The deadline to apply is February 26, 2021. 

How to apply:

Include the following items with your application: 

  • Completed 2021 Jackson EMC Youth Tour application
  • Original essay on the following topic: Briefly discuss the seven cooperative principles. Which do you think is the most important and why? Essay requirements: 
    • Legibly written in ink on 8.5x11" paper, or 
    • Typed double-spaced 
    • Word document or PDF sized to 8.5x11" 
    • Should not exceed 700 words 
    • Essay must be accompanied by a cover letter including: student’s name, address, phone number, name of school, and date. 

The Youth Tour Application and Essay should be submitted in one of two ways: 

Jackson EMC 
Attn: Youth Tour  
P.O. Box 38 
Jefferson, GA 30549 

Email: kewing@jacksonemc.com 

For questions, please contact Karen Ewing, community relations representative, at kewing@jacksonemc.com.