Youth Tour Winners Receive Scholarships Because of Washington D. C. Trip Cancellation

Escambia River Electric Cooperative awards high school juniors an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. each June as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour program. About 1,800 teens from electric cooperatives across the country convene in the nation’s capital to learn more about government, cooperatives and rural electrification.

A panel of judges from other electric co-ops interviews the students and selects the winners to represent EREC in the national Youth Tour event.

For the first time in the program’s history, the 2020 Washington Youth Tour was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Since it was not possible for the students to attend the Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C., EREC is awarding a $2,000 college scholarship to each of the Youth Tour winners.

“The cancellation of the trip was unfortunate,” said CEO Ryan Campbell. “But these bright young ladies deserve to be commended for the efforts they put forth to win the Youth Tour competition. We are happy to offer them scholarships to further their education at the college of their choice.”

CEO Ryan Campbell presents Amber Gilman with scholarship award.

CEO Ryan Campbell presents Katelyn Mayo with scholarship award.