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.

Read more about Bluebonnet's scholarship opportunities below.

Youth Programs

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

Trade and Technical Scholarship of Excellence

In 2020, Bluebonnet awarded a Scholarship of Excellence for trade and technical to eligible graduating high school seniors. Each $2,500 scholarship is intended for students who will pursue a trade or technical certificate or associate degree in a vocational field.

Read a story here about the 2020 recipients »​

Stay tuned in the fall for 2021 Scholarship of Excellence applications.

Academic Scholarship of Excellence

In 2020, Bluebonnet awarded a Scholarship of Excellence for academics to eligible graduating high school seniors. Each $2,500 scholarship is intended for students who will pursue a bachelor’s degree at a university, college, community college or junior college.

Read a story here about the 2020 recipients »

Stay tuned in the fall for 2021 Scholarship of Excellence applications.

Government-in-Action Youth Tour

 

Margaret Woodward, left, a junior at Lexington High School, and Mayra Robles, right, a junior at Bastrop High School, were selected to represent Bluebonnet during the 2020 Government-in-Action Youth Tour. Megan Wheeler, a junior at Lockhart High School, is the alternate.

The Government-in-Action Youth Tour offers two high school students (in 11th or 12th grade) the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to tour our nation’s capital.

Concerns about the coronavirus prompted National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to cancel the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, slated for June 2020. In February, Bluebonnet had selected Margaret Woodward, a junior at Lexington High School, and Mayra Robles, a junior at Bastrop High School, to represent Bluebonnet during the tour of historical sites in Washington, D.C. Megan Wheeler, a junior at Lockhart High School, would have been the alternate to join the tour if Robles or Woodward were unable to attend. Robles and Woodward will still each receive a $1,000 scholarship after graduating from high school. 

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.

Stay tuned in the fall for 2021 Government Youth Tour applications.