Youth Tour

Win a Trip to Washington, D.C.
Three Rutherford EMC Juniors to Win Youth Tour Trip

Rutherford EMC will send three lucky students on the adventure of a lifetime this summer, an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. The 2017 Electric Cooperative Youth Tour at our nation’s capital typically hosts more than 1,500 high school students from across the country. A winner and an alternate will be chosen from each of Rutherford EMC’s three operating districts in early March to represent the cooperative on the tour.

Be a part of a reality show that allows you to experience government in real time. Civics will come alive as you enhance your skills in leadership and hands-on learning. Plus, create and use a cooperative business model along the way.

In just five days, you’ll get to see the Smithsonian Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, The Newseum (the world’s most interactive museum), the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and more! They will spend a day on Capitol Hill and meet their elected officials.

Not only will it be a boost on your college applications, but as a Youth Tourist you also have the opportunity to be eligible for one of three annual scholarships. They 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.

The Youth Tour is an annual event coordinated by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives (NCAEC). Tour activities begin on Saturday, June 10, with an orientation dinner for participants in Raleigh. It ends the following Friday, June 16, with the return trip to Raleigh.

For more information, complete the sign-up card enclosed with your November billing statement and return to: Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation, Attn: Youth Tour Coordinator, PO Box 1569, Forest City, NC, 28043-1569. You may also submit your request by e-mail to Denise Gavin or by calling 828-245-1621 or 1-800-521-0920, ext. 417. Please submit your request for more information on entering the contest by November 30. Remember: deadline for completed entries is December 9, 2016. For additional information about the Rural Electric Youth Tour, visit NC Electric and You can also join our Facebook page by searching for North Carolina Youth Tour on