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Washington Youth Tour

Each year, Kenergy sends six students on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., titled the Washington Youth Tour (WYT). The mid-June trip is coordinated through the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives in Louisville.  You may read more about this tour by clicking here.

Students visit every major monument, cruise the Potomac River, tour the Holocaust Museum, spend a day at the Smithsonian, tour Capitol Hill, hear outdoor concerts, met their Congressmen and much, much more.

To be eligible for WYT, students must:

  • Live in houses powered by Kenergy.  Whether students live with grandparents or other members of their families does not matter, as long as the house is powered by Kenergy.
  • Be 11th-graders.
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

To apply, students must:

  • Complete this application before Dec. 31, 2014. Mail the application to Benita Martin, Kenergy, PO Box 1389, Owensboro, KY  42302-1389.  The application must reach Kenergy's office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.
  • Attach a copy of their high school transcripts to the application.
  • Attach a copy of their home's most current electric bill to the application.
  • Write a 1,000-word essay on any subject about which they are passionate.  Past winners' topics have been about life on the farm, love for a grandmother, sports, FFA membership, teen pregnancy and a love for reading, among others.  Judges are free to use the topic as part of their selection process, so choose wisely.

More about the essay:

  • Essays should not be attached to the application (above).  Essays should be e-mailed separately to Benita Martin at bmartin@kenergycorp.com.  Only e-mail submissions will be accepted.
  • Essays are due by midnight Jan. 15, 2015.
  • Typed essays only.  Double spaced.  And 12-point Times Roman font only, please.
  • Essays should have the student's name, high school, address and phone number typed on the upper right corner of the first page.  (This information will not be given to the judges -- only to Kenergy administrative staff who prepare the essays for judging.)

Judges may request personal interviews as part of the process.

Kenergy announces winners in March.

All WYT winners must go to Frankfort for an overnight trip in April.  Kenergy pays for this trip as well.  If a student cannot attend the Frankfort trip, he or she will not be allowed to go on the Washington trip in June.

WYT does not coincide with the Governor Scholar program.

DISCLAIMER: Washington Youth Tour awards will be chosen by a panel of judges selected by Kenergy.  The panel’s decision is final.  All materials, images, resumes, essays and applications submitted by the applicant become the sole and absolute property of Kenergy.  It is the sole decision and discretion of Kenergy to disqualify any applicant who does not comply with any of the entry and participation rules as set forth by the co-op.

For more information about the Washington Youth Tour, please call Renee Beasley Jones at (800) 844-4832, extension 6103.  Or you may contact her by e-mail at rjones@kenergycorp.com.