• Summer Opportunities

    2019 Washington Youth Tour and Cooperative Youth Summit Application for High School Juniors

     Applications for the Washington Youth Tour and the Cooperative Youth Summit are now open. The opportunities are available to any high school junior!  The Washington Youth Tour is scheduled to be held June 15-20, 2019 and the Cooperative Youth Summit is scheduled for June 9-12, 2019. I’m excited to announce that all applications can now be submitted electronically in addition to paper format! Applications can be obtained by clicking the link below. GPA status is not a consideration in the application process.

    • Washington Youth Tour - Students will explore Washington, D.C. with 1,500 high school juniors from across the country, meeting lawmakers and touring all the sights. South Carolina's electric co-ops will cover round-trip plane ticket, tours and meals. In other words, It’s all free!
    • Cooperative Youth Summit - Students will experience South Carolina’s capital like never before. They’ll tour the Statehouse, meet lawmakers and see how co-ops are preparing for our state’s energy future. Plus, there’s plenty of fun with visits to popular Columbia attractions like Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.

    The Application deadline is February 22, 2019!!! This is a strict deadline as it is necessary for selected students to obtain clearance for a visit to the White House. Please click the link below to access electronic and paper applications.

     Youth Tour and Summit Applications    


    The Bezos Scholars Program inspires and challenges young people to act on their passions and collaborate to address community needs. The program begins with a week in Aspen, Colorado where Scholars participate in the Aspen Ideas Festival and leadership development curriculum. Upon returning home, Scholars are charged with creating a local community change project to raise awareness and mobilize action in their hometowns.

    Applicant must:

    Be a junior during the 2018-19 academic year   Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have received DACA status   Demonstrate leadership in their school and community   Have taken and received scores for at least one of the following tests: PSAT, SAT, ACT, or ACT Aspire   Be enrolled in, or have taken, one or more Advanced Placement (AP) classes, International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, or college-level courses   Be available to participate fully and attend all trip dates for the Aspen Ideas Festival trip in Aspen, Colorado on June 22-28, 2019

    August 2019 – June 2020: Commit to attending monthly webinars, check-in calls, and develop and launch a community change project (Local Ideas Festival) as well as complete three reports on the progress of project development