Laurens Electric Cooperative will sponsor four Upstate high school students to participate in The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina’s Virtual Youth Experience June 21-25, 2021.

This five-day virtual leadership program connects students with state and federal leaders, and offers opportunities to collaborate with other students from across the state in competitions to win prizes, including a $5,000 scholarship.

Submit this application by Friday, February 5, 2021.

Click here to download the application or complete the online application below. For more information, contact Laurie Riser at or 1-800-942-3141.

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Student Application Instructions


  • Applicant must be a high school junior or sophomore at time of application.
  • Applicant must reside in Laurens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Abbeville, Newberry, or Union counties, SC. Applicant DOES NOT have to receive electricity from Laurens Electric to apply.
  • Applicant’s parents, guardians, or relatives may not be employed by or be trustees of Laurens Electric Cooperative. However, students whose parents are employees or trustees of the cooperative are eligible to participate in a separate competition. Contact Laurie Riser at or (864) 683-1684 for more information.


  • An application and one letter of reference must be submitted.
  • References and applications should be completed and returned by 5 p.m. on February 5 to, or mailed to Laurie Riser, Laurens Electric Cooperative, Inc., P.O. Box 700, Laurens, SC 29360.


  • Candidates will be judged on the basis of their school and community involvement, references and communications skills. If chosen for an interview, a panel of judges will question the applicants concerning their past experiences, plans for the future and knowledge of the Cooperative.
  • Four winners will be selected to represent Laurens Electric Cooperative during the Virtual Youth Experience. Alternates will attend if one of the winners is unable to participate.


  • Applications and references are due no later than 5 p.m. on February 5. Any applications or references received later than February 5 will not be considered.

Virtual Youth Experience

  • Student Information

  • You may connect with elected officials during this experience. Not sure of your congressional district or who your member is? Visit This service will assist you by matching your ZIP code to your congressional district
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, gif, Max. file size: 5 MB.
    Include or upload a recent photo of yourself. You should be the only subject in the photo and your face should be in focus. Be sure to wear appropriate professional or business casual attire. A school photo is ideal but a good candid photo is acceptable. Photos may be submitted electronically in .jpg, .png or .gif format. Remember, this may be seen in South Carolina Living magazine and perhaps your local newspaper, so send your best photo.
    Maximum file size - 5 mega bytes.
  • In the fields below each question, please provide answers to all of the following questions. Be thorough in your answers. Be specific and detailed, but be brief. Provide examples where appropriate. Grammar, punctuation and spelling are important. Supporting documentation may be included.
  • Reference Information

  • One letter of reference must be submitted on the student’s behalf by a community leader or school administrator or teacher.

    It is the student’s responsibility to ensure this reference is received by February 5, 2021.

    You may provide this form or your letter of reference may be submitted by mail or email.

    TO THE PERSON COMPLETING THIS REFERENCE: Please mail or email reference as soon as possible to: Laurie Riser,, Laurens Electric Cooperative, PO Box 700, Laurens, SC 29360. All information must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 5, 2021.

    Click here to download reference form
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