So Much More Than A Story

More than 6,000 high school juniors from across Tennessee have participated in the Electric Cooperative Creative Writing and Scholarship Competition since it started in the 1960s.

Winners not only earn spots on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of our nation’s capital, but they also qualify for additional trips and thousands of dollars in scholarships and have a chance to network with other young leaders from across the nation.

Ready to get started? You are a short-story away from all the youth tour has to offer. Visit our resource page to get started.


An unforgettable, expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with nearly 2,000 other students your age from across the country.


Winners are recognized in local papers and on the cover of The Tennessee Magazine.


Scholarships up to $10,000 are awarded to students to pay for college.


Authors, athletes, politicians and business leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, are proud youth tour alumni.

Information for Parents and Schools

Washington Youth Tour is an incredible opportunity for high school Juniors. Travel, food and lodging expenses are paid by local electric cooperatives and arrangements are coordinated by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. Safety and security is always a priority before and during the trip. All chaperons go through an extensive background checks and we utilize the service of a Washington, D.C.-based security company to ensure a safe, educational experience for students in a fun, interesting atmosphere.