Youth Programs

As part of our commitment to our communities and our emphasis on education, Blue Ridge Electric is proud to sponsor several leadership development opportunities for rising seniors within Northwest North Carolina.

*Take a moment and check out photos and videos from across the country through this Youth Tour website.

2014 Washington Youth Tour

Each June, Blue Ridge Electric sends up to four students to Washington, DC for an all expense-paid, week long trip. Called the Washington Youth Tour, Blue Ridge students will travel with other North Carolina students and meet Youth Tour participants from all over the United States. In Washington, students visit historic sights they have studied in school, learn about rural electrification, see their government in action, meet North Carolina elected officials and have an opportunity to compete for three college scholarships worth up to $6,500 and more national trips. Several Blue Ridge Electric sponsored students have won $2,000 college scholarships during the Youth Tour. The 2014 Washington Youth Tour dates are Saturday, June 14 through Friday, June 20.

Application deadline is March 31, 2014. The application process is easy! Junior guidance counselors have applications or you may download an application from the menu to the left. E-mail Grey Scheer, director of community relations, if you have any questions.

*More Information about the Selection Process

Blue Ridge Electric is seeking students who will represent Blue Ridge Electric well. Students interested in public speaking or leading change have benefited the most from the Youth Tour experience. In addition to being a lot of fun, the Washington Youth Tour is an excellent leadership opportunity for any young man or women.

Announcing the 2013 Washington Youth Tour Winners:

  • Cory Dillard — Caldwell County
  • Nicole Fox — Watauga County
  • Zachary May — Ashe County
  • Jordon Edwards — Alleghany County

2014 Broyhill Leadership Conference

Rising seniors can also apply for one of five Broyhill Leadership Conference scholarships. The Broyhill Leadership Conference (BLC)is an held every summer at Queens University in Charlotte. Blue Ridge Electric sponsors students selected by their guidance counselor. The dates for this year's BLC are June 22 - 26, 2014.

For more information about the Washington Youth Tour or the Broyhill Leadership Conference and how to apply, please contact your guidance counselor or Grey Scheer at

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