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

Find information below about our 2017 Government-in-Action Youth Tour recipients and 2017 scholarship winners. Check back in fall 2017 for 2018 applications.
 

Youth Programs

Check back in fall 2017 for the 2018 application.
  • 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.
  • Government-in-Action Youth Tour: Washington, D.C., tour and $500 scholarship for high school students. 

2017 Academic Scholarship of Excellence Recipients

In 2017, Bluebonnet awarded 25 eligible graduating high school seniors with a Scholarship of Excellence for academics. 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.

Check back in fall 2017 for 2018 applications.


From left,
Front row:
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
 

2017 Trade and Technical Scholarship Recipients

In 2017, Bluebonnet awarded 25 scholarships to eligible graduating high school seniors to pursue a trade or technical certificate or associate degree in a vocational field. Each scholarship is worth $2,500.

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

Check back in fall 2017 for 2018 applications.


From left,
Front row:
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 2017 Government-in-Action Youth Tour recipients are Daylon Drews, left, a senior at Round Top-Carmine High School, and Caleb Smith, right, a junior at Brenham Christian Academy. Logan Perry, center,  sophomore at Giddings High School, was selected as an alternate to join the tour if Drews or Smith could not attend.
 
Bluebonnet selected the two service-area high school students on Feb. 13, 2017, to represent the cooperative June 7-16, 2017, during the tour of Washington, D.C., and a visit to the U.S. Capitol to meet members of Congress. They will tour historical sites such as the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Institution museums and attend events hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, an organization that represents more than 900 electric cooperatives across the nation. Winners from Texas start the trip by touring the state Capitol and the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. Program participants also receive a $500 scholarship their senior year of high school.

Read a story here about the winners and here about last year's tour.
 
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 co-op membership, community issues and politics. The students selected for the tour are chosen from finalists who deliver an oral presentation and participate in interviews with local leaders.

Applications for the 2018 tour will be available in fall 2017.