Applications being accepted for 2023 Washington, D.C. Youth Tour

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric is sponsoring two eligible students

Steele-Waseca 2022 Youth Tour delegates Nate Seykora (far left) and Alex Kindseth (far right) pose with a couple fellow delegates; in the background is the Washington Monument. 

Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric is accepting applications from eligible high school sophomores or juniors for an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the 2023 Youth Tour, June 13-18.

The tour is coordinated through the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) and hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Participating cooperatives sponsor a member student(s) to travel to Washington, D.C., to learn about cooperatives and our government, tour historical sites, and have fun meeting new friends from Minnesota and other delegates from across the nation.

To be eligible, the entrant must meet the following requirements:

  1. The entrant is currently a high school sophomore or junior, and their parent(s)/guardian(s) are a Steele-Waseca member. Dependents of Steele-Waseca employees or directors are not eligible to participate.
  2. All entries must include: a) the completed application form below; b) answers to both essay questions typed on an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper; c) applicant’s school and community information typed on a separate sheet of paper; and d) two letters of recommendation (one from an instructor, counselor or administrator, and the other from a church or community leader).
  3. Return entries to: Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric, c/o Youth Tour 2023, PO Box 485, Owatonna, MN 55060. Entries must be received in Steele-Waseca’s office on or before Friday, Feb. 17, 2023. The two Youth Tour recipients will be notified by Friday, March 17.

Each entry will be evaluated by a panel of judges for:

• completeness
• composition
• neatness
• ability to communicate
• school and community activities

Essay Questions:

  1. Why would you like to be Steele-Waseca’s delegate to Youth Tour 2023? What do you hope to gain from the experience? Answer in 150 words or less.
  2. Write a short essay on what commitment to community means to you. Include how you contribute to your community. Answer in 300 words or less.

School and Community Information (use a separate sheet of paper to list the following):

• All school activities – include letters and honors earned, positions held, etc.

• All community activities – include all church, community service and positions held.

• Work experience and any other information.

MREA is requiring that each participating cooperative’s delegate(s) report to the Crowne Plaza Airport located at 3 Appletree Square in Bloomington for an orientation session on Tuesday, June 13, presently at 9:30 a.m. An afternoon flight to Washington, D.C., will follow the session.