Empowering the Next Generation

One of the best investments a community can make is in education.

That's why Bluebonnet has awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships, in the past five years, to local students and sends two students each year to Washington, D.C., to tour the district and the U.S. Capitol.

The Texas students also visit the state Capitol and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Find information below about our 2018 Government-in-Action Youth Tour recipients and 2017 scholarship winners.

The deadline for the 2018 Government-in-Action Youth Tour has passed, but applications for the Scholarships of Excellence are still available below and in the green box!
 

Youth Programs

  • Government-in-Action Youth Tour: Washington, D.C., tour and $1,000 scholarship for high school students. Deadline for 2018 has passed. Stay tuned in the fall for 2019 applications.
  • Scholarship of Excellence (Academic) Application: $2,500 scholarship for high school students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Click here for application. Download to get fillable version. Deadline to apply: March 9, 2018
  • Scholarship of Excellence (Trade and Technical) Application: $2,500 scholarship for high school students planning to pursue trade and technical certificates. Click here for application. Deadline to apply: March 9, 2018

Academic Scholarship of Excellence

In 2018, Bluebonnet will award a Scholarship of Excellence for academics to 30 eligible graduating high school seniors, up from 25 last year. Each scholarship is worth $2,500 and is intended for students who will pursue a bachelor’s degree at a university, college, community college or junior college.

Applicants are judged on short essays about their leadership, ambitions and more.

Click here for the 2018 academic scholarship application. Download to get fillable version.
Deadline to apply: March 9, 2018


2017 recipients of Scholarship of Excellence for academics
Front row (from left):
Breann Leighton, Thomas Krenz, Kaylee Supak, Caden Warmke, Rachel Zgabay, Evan Boeker, Alicia Willoughby, Guy Bedford, Eric Rodriguez, Ella Jordan, Daniela Rodriguez and Malyn Parker
 
Back row:
Kaye Stapleton, Ashton Kresta, Shawn Matthijetz, McKenzie Miller, Colby Jaeger, Taylor Behrens, Joshua Owens, Rebecca Brady, Daylon Drews and Emily Conner
 
Not pictured:
Hannah Kipp, Gabriel Rodriguez and Jennifer Crosby
 

Trade and Technical Scholarship of Excellence

In 2018, Bluebonnet will award a Scholarship of Excellence for trade and technical to 30 eligible graduating high school seniors, up from 25 last year. Each scholarship is worth $2,500 and is intended for students who will pursue a bachelor’s degree at a university, college, community college or junior college.

Applicants are judged on a short essay to the question, "What trade, technical or vocational field are you planning to study, and why?"

Click here for the 2018 trade and technical scholarship application.
Deadline to apply: March 9, 2018


2017 recipients of Scholarship of Excellence for trade and technical
Front row (from left):
Jorda Mitchell, Kolton Catchings, Austin Grimm, Autumn Purcell, Matthew Conner, Kayla Goerlitz, Trenton Shupak, Sandi Lopez, Jason Kokel, Adriana Alba and Cori Kaminski.
 
Back row:
Seth Wright, Jerry Beck, Kamrynn Dearman, Malorie Vacha, Madison Hodges, Christopher Contreras, Abby Pennington and Aaron Wellmann
 
Not pictured:
Camryn Lake, Savannah Nevill, Arianna Cunningham, Shianne Sander, Kynslie Meyer and Erick Perez


Government-in-Action Youth Tour

 


The Government-in-Action Youth Tour offers two high school students (in 10th, 11th or 12th grade) the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to tour our nation’s capital.
 
Students selected to represent Bluebonnet receive an all-expenses-paid trip to visit the U.S. Capitol, meet members of Congress and see historical sites from June 6-15, 2018. Both students also receive a $1,000 scholarship in their senior year.

The 2018 Government Youth Tour recipients are Madison Iselt, left, a senior at Lexington High School, and Eric Davis, a senior at Cedar Creek High School. Gillian Nietsche, center, a senior at Giddings High School, was selected as an alternate to join the tour if Iselt or Davis are unable to attend. Read a story here about the 2017 winners.
 
The program got its start when Texan and former President Lyndon B. Johnson was a U.S. senator. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association began coordinating tours in 1964, and today about 1,500 teens (including 144 from Texas) visit Washington each June to observe the roles of elected representatives and attend association events.
 
As part of the selection process, applicants answer questions about their congressional representatives, the three branches of government, what they would like to see in D.C. and their favorite nonprofit organization. The students selected for the tour are chosen from finalists who deliver an oral presentation and participate in interviews with local leaders.

The deadline for the 2018 Government Youth Tour was Jan. 19. Stay tuned in the fall for 2018 applications.