Empowering the Next Generation

One of the best investments a community can make is in education.

That's why Bluebonnet has awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships, in the past five years, to local students and sends two students each year to Washington, D.C., to tour the district and the U.S. Capitol.

The Texas students also visit the state Capitol and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Read more about Bluebonnet's scholarship opportunities and download applications below.

Youth Programs

Government-in-Action Youth Tour

 

Margaret Woodward, left, then a junior at Lexington High School, and Mayra Robles, right, then a junior at Bastrop High School, were selected in February 2020 to represent Bluebonnet for the 2020 Government-in-Action Youth Tour, which was canceled. Megan Wheeler, then a junior at Lockhart High School, would have been the alternate. 

The Government-in-Action Youth Tour offers two high school students (in 11th or 12th grade) the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to tour our nation’s capital.

The next tour is scheduled for June 13-22, 2021.

Concerns about the coronavirus prompted National Rural Electric Cooperative Association to cancel the 2020 Government-in-Action Youth Tour. In February 2020, Bluebonnet selected Margaret Woodward, then a junior at Lexington High School, and Mayra Robles, then a junior at Bastrop High School, to represent Bluebonnet during the tour of historical sites in Washington, D.C. Megan Wheeler, then a junior at Lockhart High School, would have been the alternate to join the tour if Robles or Woodward were unable to attend. Robles and Woodward will have the opportunity to attend in 2021, along with two additional recipients who will be chosen on Feb. 8, 2021. All four recipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship after graduating from high school. 

The program got its start when Texan and former President Lyndon B. Johnson was a U.S. senator. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association began coordinating tours in 1964, and today about 1,500 teens (including 144 from Texas) visit Washington each June to observe the roles of elected representatives and attend association events.

As part of the selection process, applicants will submit a short video answering: “Without electricity, how would your day-to-day life be different?” The students selected for the tour are chosen from finalists who participate in interviews with local leaders. The deadline for the 2021 Government Youth Tour application is Jan. 22, 2021

Download the 2021 Government Youth Tour application »​

Academic Scholarship of Excellence

In 2021, Bluebonnet will award 30 Scholarship of Excellence for academics to eligible graduating high school seniors. Each $2,500 scholarship is intended for students who will pursue a non-vacational bachelor’s degree at a university, college, community college or junior college.

Read a story here about the 2020 recipients »

Applicants are scored based on their individual scholastic record, leadership experiences, community service, extracurricular activities, awards and honors, and an essay about leadership. The deadline for the 2021 Academic Scholarship of Excellence application is March 5, 2021. 

Download the 2021 Scholarship of Excellence application »​

Trade and Technical Scholarship of Excellence

In 2021, Bluebonnet will award 30 Scholarship of Excellence for trade and technical to eligible graduating high school seniors. Each $2,500 scholarship is intended for students who will pursue a trade or technical certificate or associate degree in a vocational field.

Read a story here about the 2020 recipients »​

Applicants are scored based on their individual scholastic record, extracurricular activities, awards and honors, and an essay about their career plans. The deadline for the 2021 Trade and Technical Scholarship of Excellence application is March 5, 2021. 

Download the 2021 Scholarship of Excellence application »​