Youth Programs

Part of being a cooperative is paying attention to the youth of our communities and helping develop the leaders of tomorrow. Two small ways we do that are through the annual Youth Tour and through scholarships. Information on both opportunities can be found here.

Youth Tour

YT Logo Since 1986, Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative has sponsored juniors from area high schools to go to Washington D.C. for a week. Known as “Youth Tour”, the trip provides an opportunity for these students to experience all the beauty and history of the nation's capital. Chosen Youth Tour participants will see the U.S. Capital, meet with congressional representatives from their state, tour national monuments and memorials, and visit the National Zoo as well as the Smithsonian museums. While on tour, they will attend an All States Dinner Dance where they will have the chance to meet nearly 1400 students from other electric cooperatives representing every State in the Union. Best of all, Youth Tour is fully paid for by Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative. Click here for more information from the national site.

The 2016 Tour dates are June 12 - 17, 2016. Applications are due at our cooperative office no later than February 22, 2016.

Please check the application for the simple qualifications to apply. You can obtain an application from your high school counselor's office or download one here.


Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative offers one scholarship in the Memory of James Howard Goodwin to sons and daughters of members living in our service territory. Applicants must be high school seniors and able ot furnish necessary essay, transcripts, recommendations and other required informtion. The application and required information must be received no later than April 4, 2016. The winner will be announced at the Sussex Rural Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting in June. Download the application here.

The Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association Scholarship Trust Fund in Memory of William F. Matson is offering scholarships to the sons and daughters of members and employees of electric cooperative in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Applicants must currently be high school seniors and be able to furnish aptitude test scores and financial need information. Download the application here.

There is also a  scholarship presented in the memory of Jody Loudenslager that is reserved for participants in the Youth Tour program. Former Youth Tour participants can apply for any year in undergraduate and graduate school. The application for this scholarship is here.

All applications and required information must be received no later than May 9, 2016. Finalists will be sent a follow-up questionnaire that must be returned by June 5, 2016. Scholarship awards will be announced at the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association Summer Meeting in July 2016.

Remember, the deadline for submission of the application is May 9, 2016.

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