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 deadlines for the 2018 Government-in-Action Youth Tour and Scholarships of Excellence have passed, but stay tuned in the fall for the 2019 applications.
 

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. Deadline for 2018 has passed. Stay tuned in the fall for 2019 applications.
  • Scholarship of Excellence (Trade and Technical) Application: $2,500 scholarship for high school students planning to pursue trade and technical certificates. Deadline for 2018 has passed. Stay tuned in the fall for 2019 applications.

Academic Scholarship of Excellence

This year, Bluebonnet awarded 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.

The deadline for the 2018 Academic scholarships was March 9. Stay tuned in the fall for 2019 applications.


2018 recipients of Scholarship of Excellence for academics
Front row (from left):
Klayton Morriss, Scott Heller, Koby Bailey, Logan Bowen, Dalton Tristan and Eric Davis
 
Second row:
Alyxis Justus, Chelsea Schneider, Colleen Kovar, Erasmo Galvan, Sadie Kwiatkowski, Thayley Thompson, Marisa Perez, Steven Kahan, Lyndsey Lucas and Connor Hathaway

Back row:
Kasey Cleboski, Rylee Shields, Logan Schnautz, Madison Zardiackas, Julia Scobee, Larissa Sisneros, Andrew Telg, Hazel Faz, Hunter Prazak and Ashley Svetlik
 
Not pictured:
Wyatt Bullock, Robyn Gaertner, Eric Wellmann and Emily Harmel
 

Trade and Technical Scholarship of Excellence

This year, Bluebonnet awarded 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?"

The deadline for the 2018 Trade and Technical scholarships was March 9. Stay tuned in the fall for 2019 applications.


2018 recipients of Scholarship of Excellence for trade and technical
Front row (from left):
John Keese, Sean Seiley, Marc Crosby, Wyatt Bolcerek, Jase Lackey and Zachary Smestuen

Second row:
Zackery Watts, Kyle Schatte, Robert Zoch, Jakob Schlemmer, Tyler Otte, Brandon Mitschke, Sylvia Adams and Lynnse Caraway
 
Back row:
Madison Iselt, Dalton Dean, Maribel Ramirez, Tanner Whitsel, Harlye Bonorden, Colby Hodde, Janet Palacios, Jeb Majewski, Christian Corona, Jack Fischer and Elijah Moss
 
Not pictured:
Savannah Hosch, Sam Perry, Tanner Meuth, Colby Bexley and James Anderson
 


Government-in-Action Youth Tour

 

From left, Madison Iselt, a senior at Lexington High School, and Gillian Nietsche, a senior at Giddings High School, will travel to the nation's capital in June for theyouth tour. (Sarah Beal photo)
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 Gillian Nietsche, center, a senior at Giddings High School. Roy Kruemcke Jr., also a senior at Giddings High, is the alternate who would join the tour if Iselt or Nietsche were unable to attend. 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 2018 Government Youth Tour was Jan. 19. Stay tuned in the fall for 2019 applications.