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 2016 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. 

2016 Scholarship of Excellence recipients

From left,
Front row:
Jacob Fryrear, Caylee Rocka, Jake Namken, Tanna Furry, Brandon Gigout, Sydney Nicholson, Grace Oliver, Briana Silva, Adam Edmiston, Raymond Multer, Britan Counsil, Trenton Schneider, Gabriel Blue and Skyler Ivey
Middle row:
Minnie Jordan, Roxanne Espinoza, Addison Turner, Allen Batdorf, Jason Winkler, Brittany Helford, Toye Walther, Lauren Kwiatkowski, Zachary Markizer, Karsen Ross, Morgan Shepperson, Linda Torres, Heriberto Santos, Erik Castillo, Deacon Manning, Jose Torres, Micaela Schimank, Joel Benoit, Angel Jaramillo and Loren Chmelar
Back row:
Isabel Werlien, Erin Bittner, Hunter Dernehl, Raynie Bentke, Johnson Mueller, Sierra Long, Kylie Johnson, Ty Iselt, Matthew Welch, David Patterson and Chance Fritsche
Not pictured:
TyEryka Preston, Leighton Abell, Brandon Sikora, Alejandro Gonzales, Jr., Mindy Rodriguez, Hedit Galvan, Nathan Cunningham and Dauson Wittner

Academic Scholarships

In 2016, 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.


Trade and Technical Scholarships

In 2016, Bluebonnet awarded 28 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.

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 last year's winners and here about the 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.