Youth Tour 2021


Up to four area students have the opportunity to compete for one of three $5,000 scholarships during the annual Youth Tour event sponsored by Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.  

The focus of the week-long event will be on the importance of public service. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the format will be offered as a series of Zoom online meetings and interaction that will provide students with the opportunity to learn about the cooperative business model, interact with state and federal elected officials and hear from special guest speakers.

Using the theme for the summer event, SWAECC will select students based on their submission of a video, not longer than 10 minutes, that includes a short introduction of themselves along with their service project idea and hos its completion will benefit their community; or an essay of at least 500 words, with the same information.

Other criteria to be considered includes:

  • Be a current high school junior;
  • Have a parent, grandparent or guardian who is a member of Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative (include the member’s name with your submission; 
  • Be acknowledged as a good student and submit an up-to-date transcript of courses taken in high school; 
  • Submit letters of recommendation from the high school principal and counselor (or favorite teacher) explaining why the student will make an exemplary Youth Tour participant.

All qualified students are encouraged to enter the video/essay contest. Students do not have to complete a service project to participate in the Youth Tour. However, to be considered for a scholarship, the project must be completed and verified.

Additional Information:

Project Ideas

Tentative Schedule

The essay along with the letters of recommendation and transcript should be mailed or delivered to the attention of:

Dion Cooper, President & CEO

Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative

2904 East 9th Street

Texarkana, AR  71854. 

Video presentations may be emailed to:

Essay, transcript and letters of recommendation must be postmarked no later than April 12.  The deadline to submit video presentations is also April 12. The winning contestants will be notified of their selection shortly thereafter. For more information regarding submission or other details, please contact Rhonda Morrow, Administrative Assistant, at 870-772-2743 ext. 1201 or 1-800-782-2743. Additional information such as service project ideas and an itinerary is available at