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Youth Tour College Scholarship Youth Tour alumni could win $10,000 for college


coming up in Kiamichi Country


February 8


Metcalf Gun and Knife Show Southeast Expo Center, McAlester


March 7 -8


Southeast Hunting & Fishing Exp Southeast Expo Center, McAlester


March 7


Atoka Fire Truck Parade Court Street, Atoka


March 8


St,Paddy's Day 5K Run Patrick Lynch Public Library, Poteau


March 8


Youth Trout Fishing Derby Robbers Cave State Park, Wilburton


March 15


Choctaw Powwow Southeast Expo Center, McAlester


March 25


Junk Hippy Road Show 4500 W. Hwy 270, McAlester


March 29


Vike Hike Half Marathon Carl Albert State College, Poteau


April 12


Mountain Gate Poker Run Downtown Talihina


KEC Kicks Off Youth Tour Contest For Teens T 6 | january-february 2014 | Light Post


eens interested in participating in the Rural Electric Youth Tour are encouraged to enter Kiamichi Electric's Youth Tour essay contest. Open to high school juniors in co-op service territory, the competition asks teens to write an essay addressing the following question:


New EPA regulations regarding coal could significantly increase electric bills across the nation. As electricit prices go up, the cost of nearly everything will be impacted. What common sense solution would you propose to balance energy needs and environmental concerns while keeping electric bills as affordable as possible?


Kiamichi Electric Youth Tour judges will select two winners from contest entries. The winners will travel to Washington D.C. with over 60 other teens from across the state. The trip includes stops at the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Smithsonian Museums and scores of other famous sites. The all-expenses paid tour will be held June 13-19, 2014.


Youth Tour information packets and applications are available at local high schools, Kiamichi Electric Cooperative in Wilburton, and online at www.kiamichielectric.org. The deadline to enter is March 28, 2014.


cooperative principles and prepare them for leadership roles in their communities.


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Youth Tour alumni who’ve completed their first year of college or received the equivalent credits can now apply for the Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation scholarship. More than 5,000 former youth tour participants dating back to 2009 are eligible to apply for the scholarship.


“Each year, the foundation will present a $10,000 award to a student who has previously participated in the Rural Electric Youth Tour,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson.


Named for former NRECA CEO Glenn English, who led the organization from 1994 until 2013, the foundation oversees an endowment created in his honor.


“Glenn loved the Youth Tour program, and felt strongly that a portion of his legacy be dedicated to assisting students,” Emerson said. “He believed that the youth tour program was a great way


scholarship program for former Youth Tour participants aims to strengthen their commitments to the seven


of nurturing the next generation of leadership for the nation’s cooperatives.”


Youth Tour alumnus pursuing his or her first undergraduate degree are eligible for the scholarship. The recipient will be selected from among applicants sponsored by local electric cooperatives who have demonstrated commitments to their communities and the seven cooperative principles.


“This scholarship is designed to support students who want to make a real difference,” said Curtis Nolan, president of the NRECA board and chairman of the foundation board. “The selection of our awardees will be from among those most committed to the future of their rural communities.”


Applications will be accepted from January through March. As part of the application, students must include a link to a video testimonial explaining how they have demonstrated one of the seven cooperative principles.


The scholarship application can be found on the Youth Tour portal at www.nreca.coop.


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