Youth Programs

Lillard Shadow Scholarship

Each year, VEC  sponsors college scholarships for 4 graduating seniors whose parents or guardians are VEC customers. Scholarship awards are $500 per semester, renewable for up to 4 semesters. Applications are available in December of each year and the deadline for applications is in March. Applications are available from area high school guidance counselors or at any VEC service center. Contact VEC Marketing and Economic  Development Department or click here to download and print the Scholarship Application.

4-H Electric Camp

Electric Camp is an exciting, fun-filled adventure exploring the laws of science and electricity. It is for 6th and 7th grade 4-H students and is held at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Campus each summer. It consists of hands-on activities in which students learn about the safe and proper use of electricity, as well as aspects of other sciences. Electric Camp is one of the lowest-cost 4-H camps the extension service offers. For more information contact your local extension agent.

Washington Youth Tour

Volunteer Energy Cooperative joins other electric cooperatives from across the country in sponsoring the annual Washington Youth Tour. VEC sends eight students and two employees on the tour. The students will be selected based on a short story written on the theme that is selected each year.

Rather than let all high schools participate each year, the contest will rotate yearly between the high schools in the valley and on the plateau. This allows all high schools to send a  student at least every other year.

In-person presentations will be made at each school. Each school will be required to submit 5 stories for grading by VEC Marketing and Economic Development Department. A winner will be chosen from each school. If the chosen winner cannot go, we will send the runner-up. The best of the eight winning stories will be submitted to TECA as our Grand Prize story entry.

Youth Leadership Summit

Each year VEC sends two high school juniors to Nashville to participate in the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Leadership Seminar. Students practice forming and operating their own cooperative, visit the capitol and meet with their legislators and other state government officials. Competition to attend the seminar is tough and open only to students whose parents are members of Volunteer Energy Cooperative.