United Cooperative Services seeks high school student applicants for the 2018 National Electric Cooperative Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C.

No place in this country offers a better venue to see democracy in action and to learn what the U.S. flag stands for than Washington, D.C., and electric cooperatives should pave the way for youths to have such an experience. Lyndon B. Johnson made that statement in 1957 in Chicago as he addressed attendees at the annual meeting of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Since that time, Texas electric cooperatives have adhered to that philosophy, joining other co-ops from across the country in sponsoring trips to the nation’s capital for young students interested in witnessing government in action.

United Cooperative Services has played a pivotal role in giving dozens of young people such an opportunity. Known as the Government-In-Action Youth Tour Contest, United will again sponsor two fortunate high school students for a trip June 6-15 to Austin and Washington, D.C. The two students are selected via a contest. 

This contest is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who attend a high school or are home-schooled full-time in United’s service area. Each contestant must complete and submit an application, which can be filled out online. Visit Youth Tour under the Programs tab at www.united-cs.com. 

The applicant is not required to be a member of United Cooperative Services. Winners of any past Youth Tour are not eligible to enter and immediate family members of United employees or directors are not eligible to enter.

Applications must be submitted no later than Feb. 8.