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.

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 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 $7,000 and more national trips. Several Blue Ridge Electric sponsored students have won $2,000 college scholarships during the Youth Tour. The 2015 Washington Youth Tour dates are Saturday, June 13 through Friday, June 19.

Application deadline is March 15, 2015. The application process is easy! Junior guidance counselors have applications or you may click here to download an application. 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 2015 Washington Youth Tour Winners:

  • Isaac Tuttle — Caldwell County
  • Kathryn Bard — Ashe County
  • Kacey Caudill — Alleghany County
  • Shelby Reagan — Watauga County

Broyhill Leadership Conference

Rising juniors can also apply for one of twenty scholarships to attend the Broyhill Leadership Conference. The Broyhill Leadership Conference is held every summer at Wingate University. Blue Ridge Electric now uses an application process designed to identify emerging leaders. Students interested in the Broyhill Leadership Conference should send a letter to Grey Scheer, director of community relations, Blue Ridge Electric, PO Box 112, Lenoir, NC 28645,  requesting an application and explaining why they would like to participate in this leadership conference. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2015. The dates for this year’s conference is June 21-25. The Broyhill Leadership Conference is a great opportunity for high school juniors to begin to develop their college resume. Selected juniors will also be eligible to apply for future leadership development opportunities and scholarships offered by Blue Ridge Electric.

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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