In December 2020, with the future of travel uncertain into summer 2021, a decision was made to cancel the 2021 Electric Co-ops Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.
In place of the traditional trip to Washington, D.C., Midwest Energy is offering five $1,500 scholarships to students, one for each of Midwest Energy's five Board of Director Districts. The $1,500 scholarship will pay directly to the student’s post-secondary school of choice.
The week of June 21, winners will join other students from throughout the state to attend Kansas Electric Youth (KEY), a virtual 10-hour leadership training event (two hours a day over five days), featuring motivational speakers, leadership experts and elected leaders. After the event, students will compile a short video of their experience, which will be shown at Midwest Energy's Annual Meeting.
If pandemic conditions improve by June, and if it's safe to meet in person, the leadership symposium may be held in-person in Topeka. If so, Midwest Energy will pay all associated costs, should a student elect to attend.
Applicants must be juniors in high school, and their parents or guardians must receive electric and/or natural gas service from Midwest Energy. Applications are due by Feb. 10, 2021. Selected applicants will be notified in February. Children of Midwest Energy employees are not eligible to apply.
Note: When completing the Youth Tour Application, please put "N/A" for the question asking if you've ever visited Washington, D.C. before.