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Youth Tour

For more than 50 years, PEC has been proud to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Youth Tour program. Since 1964, PEC has sent 101 local student delegates on the all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. Once the delegates are selected, the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) coordinates the week-long trip as they join approximately 1,500 students from electric cooperatives across the country.

But not this year. The reason: the coronavirus pandemic. Just as the 2020 Youth Tour trip was cancelled, the upcoming 2021 Youth Tour has been cancelled also due to COVID-19. In its place, high school juniors throughout our service area can continue to learn about how rural electrification in the 1930s and 40s shaped America all the while competing to win one of three $2,000 scholarships

Watch a video to learn more about PEC's Youth Tour Scholarship selection process. Watch Here.

PEC selects the winners from students who take a written test over material about rural electrification. Local high schools are given the opportunity to participate as a host testing site or students can also plan to register to take the test at PEC’s headquarters located at 1600 North Country Club Road in Ada. 

The final testing date will happen on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 9 AM. *Students must be registered by Noon, Friday, February 26.*

Click here to register for the test at PEC’s headquarters.

Study materials are available to download: Download Youth Tour study materials here or can be mailed upon request.

At the conclusion of the testing dates, an invitation will be extended to the students receiving the top ten scores on the test in order to compete in an interview competition. Typically held at PEC’s headquarters in Ada, the final interview will now be a virtual interview. A panel of virtual judges awards the scholarships based on students’ subject knowledge, originality, appearance and personality. Three judges are selected from outside PEC's service territory to conduct the virtual interviews and select the winners of PEC's Youth Tour competition.

Questions about PEC’s Youth Tour Scholarship Opportunity? Contact PEC by phone: (580) 272-1553 or by email: kaia.hicks@peopleselectric.coop.

Below are PEC's 2020 Youth Tour scholarship recipients (l-r): Rhylee Tucker of Pauls Valley High School, Logan Morris of Vanoss High School and Julie Balcerak of Pauls Valley High School.

**IMPORTANT SAFETY GUIDELINES DURING TESTING**

Everyone's safety throughout this experience is of the utmost importance to us; therefore, face masks are required to be worn during the entire test session (upon entry to the room, during the test and as the student leaves). Students risk disqualification from the contest for refusal to properly wear a face mask (covering the nose and mouth) during the test session. All PEC staff will abide by these same guidelines while administering the test at all locations.