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…are you a high school junior?

This trip to Washington, D.C.—with 16,000 high school juniors from across South Carolina and the country—could be for you.

  • Experience Washington, D.C.
  • Meet lawmakers
  • Tour all the sights
  • Free round-trip plane ticket, tours and meals

…are you a high school sophomore?

This trip to South Carolina’s capital could be for you.

  • Experience South Carolina’s capital
  • Tour the Statehouse
  • Meet the state’s lawmakers
  • See how the co-ops are preparing for our state’s energy future
  • Visit popular Columbia attractions like Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
  • All-expenses paid

Both are all-expenses paid and allows participants to explore the D.C. or Columbia area, meet other students from across the state and country, and learn more about and promote electric cooperatives.

To qualify, contestants must submit an application, complete with personal references. Finalists will be selected to appear for interviews by a committee of judges, and winners will be announced following the interview process.

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 at time of application for Washington Youth Tour.
  • Applicant must be a high school sophomore at time of application for Cooperative Youth Summit.
  • 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 two letters of reference must be submitted.
  • A copy of the reference form should be given to each person designated as a reference.
  • Only one reference may be completed by a school administrator or teacher.
  • References and applications should be completed and returned by 5 p.m. on February 7 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.
  • Three winners and one alternate will be selected to represent Laurens Electric Cooperative on Washington Youth Tour. One winner and one alternate will be selected for Cooperative Youth Summit. 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 7. Any applications or references received later than February 7 will not be considered.

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  • Only one of the two required references may be from a current school administrator or a teacher, and no references will be accepted if completed by a relative of the applicant. It is your responsibility to ensure that reference forms are received by February 7. Candidates will be disqualified from the competition if references are received after the deadline. Download the reference form here.
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