Win a Trip to Washington, D.C.
A Week You Will Never Forget...

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, a remarkable program organized by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in conjunction with the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives (NCAEC), offers an extraordinary opportunity that comes once in a lifetime. Rutherford EMC is excited to announce that it will be sending three high school juniors on a fully-funded adventure to Washington, D.C. as part of this prestigious event. The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour typically gathers more than 1,500 high school students from all corners of the nation. Early in February, one winner and an alternate will be selected from each of Rutherford EMC's three districts to represent the cooperative in the nation's capital.

Over the course of just five days, participants will have the chance to explore an array of iconic locations, including the Smithsonian Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, the Newseum (regarded as the world's most interactive museum), the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and many more historical sites. Moreover, participants will spend a day on Capitol Hill, providing them with a firsthand experience of civics in action. This trip promises to be an unforgettable and enriching experience. The tour will commence on Saturday, June 15th, with an orientation dinner in Raleigh and conclude the following Friday, June 21st, with the return journey to Raleigh.

Participating in this program not only enhances your college applications but also makes you eligible for one of three annual scholarships. These include the $2,500 Gwyn B. Price Youth Tour Scholarship, the $2,000 Katie Bunch Memorial Scholarship, and the $2,000 Youth Leadership Council Scholarship.

To learn more about this incredible opportunity, please complete the sign-up card included in your November billing statement and return it to the following address: Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation, Attn: Youth Tour Coordinator, PO Box 1569, Forest City, NC, 28043-1569. You may also send your inquiry via email to Brittany Pinkerton at or call us at 828-245-1621 or 1-800-521-0920, extension 424. Kindly ensure that you submit your request for more information by December 8th, 2023. For additional details about the Rural Electric Youth Tour, please visit and You can also stay updated by joining our Facebook page; simply search for "North Carolina Youth Tour" on Facebook.