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.

The deadline for the 2019 Government-in-Action Youth Tour and Scholarships of Excellence have passed, stay tuned in the fall for the 2020 application.

Youth Programs

  • Government-in-Action Youth Tour: Washington, D.C., tour and $1,000 scholarship for high school students.
  • Scholarship of Excellence (Academic) Application: $2,500 scholarship for high school students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
  • Scholarship of Excellence (Trade and Technical) Application: $2,500 scholarship for high school students planning to pursue trade and technical certificates.

Academic Scholarship of Excellence

In 2019, Bluebonnet awarded a Scholarship of Excellence for academics to 30 eligible graduating high school seniors. 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.

The deadline for the 2019 Academic scholarships was March 8. Stay tuned in the fall for 2020 applications.


2019 recipients of Scholarship of Excellence for academics
Front row (from left):
Bodie Furry, Rebecca Frazier, Qynton De Los Santos, Claire Seidel, Sierra Tyson, Sarah Ghormley, Jackson Wettstein, Yamilet Quezada, Madilyn Terrazas, Kallie Bartsch, Johnathan Ellard, Jenna Orsak, Savannah Knippa and Thomas Bates
 
Second row:
Caroline Heller, Cheyenne Byrer, Yoshira Guerrero, Emma Anton, Taylor Klatte, Megan Rogers, Katie Murski, Lilliana Gonzales, Katelyn Iselt, Aurora Berry, Amanda Branecky and Maria Perez Suarez

Not pictured:
Isaac Davila, Jacob Neidig, Brandon Watley and Aunnika Wittner

 

Trade and Technical Scholarship of Excellence

This year, Bluebonnet awarded a Scholarship of Excellence for trade and technical to 29 eligible graduating high school seniors. Each scholarship is worth $2,500 and is intended for students who will pursue a trade or technical certificate or associate degree in a vocational field.

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

The deadline for the 2019 Trade and Technical scholarships was March 8. Stay tuned in the fall for 2020 applications.


2019 recipients of Scholarship of Excellence for trade and technical
Front row (from left):
Dakari Saldana, Sierra Ramsey, Arron Whisenhunt, Kylie Goertz, Quinn McGee, Simone Marroquin, Tomas Garza, Katy Nava, Blane Ashorn, Wendy Zuniga, Faith Stork and Karli Shupak

Second row:
Bishal Sapkota, Khaliah Butler, Alex Kwiatkowski, Brenda Flores Martinez, Zachary Muth, Annallely Nino Palacios, Colin Reue, Joe Kwiatkowski, Kaleb Roberson, Christopher Tores, Wesley Zumwalt, Shyler Mayfield, Isaac Colter and Paul Shaffer
 
Not pictured:
Alexia Brite, Jesus Otero and Kolton Swonke

 

Government-in-Action Youth Tour

 

From left, Carolina Barboza, a junior at Manor New Tech High School, and Hailey Sherrill, a senior at Smithville High School, have been selected to represent Bluebonnet during the 2019 Government-in-Action Youth Tour. Jacob Neidig, a senior at Elgin High School, will be the alternate.
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 12-21, 2019. Both students also receive a $1,000 scholarship in their senior year.

The 2019 Government Youth Tour recipients are Carolina Barboza, left, a junior at Manor New Tech High School, and Hailey Sherrill, a senior at Smithville High School. Jacob Neidig, a senior at Elgin High School, will be the alternate. Read a story here about the 2018 recipients.
 
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 2019 Government Youth Tour was Jan. 18. Stay tuned in the fall for 2020 applications.