Win the trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C.!
2022 Youth Tour applications now available!

Every year, Nueces Electric Cooperative sponsors the Government in Action Youth Tour, where four attendees to win a trip to Washington, D.C. During this educational and inspirational journey, attendees will take VIP tours of the monuments and speak with our legislators about NRECA priorities. The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. every June since 1964. Nearly 50,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this program. The Youth Tour is open to all 11th grade students whose parent/guardian is an NEC Co-op Energy member. This essay contest gives students the opportunity to prepare an essay on a defined topic and be considered to win a special trip to Washington, D.C.

Essays must be 400-600 words in length, typed and double-spaced on the topic of: “In the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Texans to spend more time at home than ever before. What can you do to save energy while spending more time at home?” All essays become NEC property.

PLUS: Each Youth Tour winner will also receive a $1,000 scholarship, should they attend an accredited Texas college or university. Should the 2021 Youth Leadership Tour be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, winners will instead receive a $4,000 scholarship!

Announcements are made in Texas Co-op Power Magazine as well as on our websites in early Spring.

Trip Dates: June 12– 21, 2022

Application Deadline: Friday, January 14, 2022


—->To apply online visit our Youth Tour Application page.


NEC Scholarship Program.
2021 applications now available!

Each year, NEC awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are dependents of NEC members and meet the eligibility requirements set forth on the application form. Funding for this scholarship program comes from unclaimed NEC capital credits. Unclaimed capital credits for NEC members are sent to the Texas comptroller. NEC applies annually to the comptroller to receive a portion of the funds back to support this scholarship program for students who plan to pursue studies at a Texas institution of higher learning approved by the Office of the Texas Comptroller.

Deadline to apply is Friday, February 11, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.


The scholarships to be awarded during this school year are:

School Scholarships

Two (2) – $2,000 scholarships
$500 per semester during the first (1) year of qualifying higher learning at the community college or vocational school level.

Download 2-Year
Scholarship Application


Ten (10) – $1,000 scholarships
Two (2) – $4,000 scholarships
(1 grand prize Ramiro De La Paz Scholarship and 1 John L. Sims Scholarship)

distributed over the length of 4-year college education, $500 per semester


Download 4-Year
Scholarship Application

Lineman’s College

Two (2) – $5,000 scholarships
distributed upon graduation from qualifying Lineman’s College

Download Lineman’s
Scholarship Application