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Four Washington Youth Tour Leaders at the Smithsonian

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Lillard Shadow Scholarship   Each year, VEC  sponsors college scholarships for 4 graduatingScholarship Saylors 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 for an application to download and print.

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 consist of  hands-on activites 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.

Youth Programs Youth Leadership 1Washington Youth Tour   Volunteer Energy  Cooperative joins other electric cooperatives from across the country  in sponsoring the annual Washington Youth Tour. VEC sends four  students, a teacher and an employee on the tour. The students will be  selected based on a short story written on the theme that is selected  each year.

As we are sending four students, one will be sent from a high school  in each of our four service areas. Rather than let all high schools  participated each year, the contest will rotate yearly among the high  schools in that service area. This allows all high schools to send a  student at least once every four years.

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  DevelopmentIMG_5627 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 four winning stories will be submitted to TECA as our Grand Prize  story entry. The teacher of the grand prize student will be invited to  attend the tour.

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.

VEC's Julie Jones demonstrates safety to elementary students