The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. sends more than 1,500 high-school students to Washington, D.C. each year to learn about the history of this country and the role electric cooperatives played in that history, and to meet with their congressional delegation. 

Flathead Electric Co-op offers two “all expense paid” trips to the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour each year to high school sophomores or juniors from schools in the Flathead Electric service territory. The student’s parent or guardian must be served by Flathead Electric Cooperative.

Application Process

Please complete the online application below. Upon completion, five finalists will be interviewed for two positions on the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour.


Completing the online application will require email addresses of three individuals who will submit a reference on your behalf. One reference must be from a teacher and the others can be from another teacher and one community leader, or from two community leaders for a total of three references. They will receive an email request to complete the reference when you submit the application.

Interview Procedure

The Co-op’s will conduct 30-minute interviews with finalists and select two youth tour representatives in November or December.

In your interview, judges will ask questions about you – your abilities, school activities, goals and accomplishments. They will also be interested in knowing what information you have learned about Flathead Electric Cooperative and about cooperatives in general.

Interviewed applicants will be judged on the following categories:

  • 20% Written application
  • 30% Poise (includes ability to express thoughts and ideas)
  • 20% Knowledge of Flathead Electric and cooperatives
  • 20% Personality and interviewer’s impression
  • 10% Professional appearance

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