PEC invites local students to apply to win a trip to Washington, D.C.

High schoolers encouraged to apply for Youth Tour online by January 17

Youth Tour is back! For more than 60 years, PEC has been proud to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Youth Tour program. This summer, 10 PEC high school delegates will once again join 1,500 students from electric cooperatives across the country on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. On the trip, the students will tour historical sites, meet their representatives, and create lifelong friendships. PEC invites local students to apply for the free Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C.

Youth Tour attendees with Texas flag

“PEC’s commitment to education and opportunity for Central Texas youth is at the core of who we are as a cooperative,” said Celeste Mikeska, PEC senior community outreach specialist. “We’re thrilled to offer Youth Tour for the first time since the pandemic and we encourage every eligible high school student to apply for this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Ten PEC delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour historical sites, including Arlington National Cemetery, Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Washington National Cathedral, and more.
  • Meet local political representatives and learn more about local and national government.
  • Create lifelong friendships with students from all around the country.

To become a PEC delegate, students must:

  • Have completed their high school sophomore, junior, or senior year by June 2023.
  • Have a parent or legal guardian who is a PEC member in good standing.
  • Be available to attend the trip June 11-19.
  • Submit a 500-word essay and apply online by Tuesday, January 17, at 11:59 p.m. 

Applications open November 7. Students are invited to learn more and apply by visiting