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Originally published: 2014-03-24 09:19:52
Last modified: 2014-03-24 09:19:52

Blue Ridge Electric offers students trip to Washington

Rising high school seniors in the Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation service area have an opportunity for an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., this summer, where they can meet their representatives, visit historical sites and learn more about how cooperative businesses work.

Blue Ridge Electric is accepting applications for The Washington Youth Tour it sponsors along with the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives and other electric cooperatives across the country. 

This is an educational, weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., taking place June 14 to 19. 

During those five days, students will see the White House, Smithsonian Institute, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial and will also spend a day on Capitol Hill to meet their elected officials. 

After the trip, Youth Tour winners are also eligible to apply for several exclusive scholarships and are invited to serve on Blue Ridge Electric's Member Advisory Committee during their senior year.

According to Blue Ridge Electric, the ideal Washington Youth Tour candidate has a passion for leadership and persuasive speaking, as well as a desire to learn. 

Eight finalists, who will win $100 each, will be invited to compete for the four positions sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric. 

The Youth Tour winners will each receive $400. 

Applications for the Washington Youth Tour are due by March 31. 

Up to four students may be selected to represent Blue Ridge Electric. 

Recipients must live in a primary residence served by Blue Ridge Electric in Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Watauga or Wilkes counties. 

Applications for the Washington Youth Tour are available from high school guidance counselors, local community colleges or online at under the "Community" tab. For more information, contact Grey Scheer, director of community relations, at ( or by calling (800) 451-5474, ext. 3294.

Broyhill Leadership Conference

Blue Ridge Electric also offers youth leadership scholarships for up to seven local students to attend the June 22 to 26 Broyhill Leadership Conference at Queens College in Charlotte. 

The five-day conference is open to 10th-through 12th-grade students nominated by their guidance counselor. 

According to Blue Ridge Electric, the Broyhill Leadership Conference helps students understand goal setting, motivational techniques, group dynamics, communication and cooperation. For more information, visit

Blue Ridge Electric serves some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Wilkes, Avery and Alexander counties.