2022 Youth Tour application process now open

Apply Today!

Each year, Lamar Electric Cooperative selects exemplary high school students to attend the Government-in-Action Youth Tour, an all-expenses-paid 10-day trip to Austin & Washington, D.C., where participants tour the U.S. Capitol, meet members of Congress, and visit many historical sites, monuments, and museums. However, this year, the top two winners will be provided with a choice – attend Youth Tour or receive a $1,000 scholarship! The scholarship may be used for expenses related to post-high school studies including college, community college, trade schools and/or technical training.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who live full-time in a residence served by Lamar Electric or attend one of the three high schools served by Lamar Electric which are: Prairiland, Detroit, or Faith Christian.  Home-schooled students served by Lamar Electric are also eligible.


Complete the 2022 Youth Tour Application below which includes:

1.) Online Application

2.) 1 to 2 minute self-interview video

3.) Written essay

A Firefighter

“The Government-In-Action Youth Tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It makes the history books come alive.  Getting to experience firsthand things like the White House, National Mall, and the Library of Congress, truly made me appreciate our country and the opportunity it affords to us all.  I met some amazing people from all over our great state and nation on the tour in 2016 and remain friends with many of them to this day.  I can’t thank Lamar Electric enough for the experience of Youth Tour and encourage all eligible students to apply.  You will learn valuable leadership skills and have the time of your life doing so each and every day of the Tour!” – Cameron Edwards, 2016 Youth Tour Alumnus & City of Paris Firefighter.

2022 Youth Tour Online Application Process

    *Required if not attending a high school served by Lamar Electric - Prairiland, Detroit, or Faith Christian.

    If different than street address.



    Please provide the name of the high school you are currently attending.

    Please provided your current Grade.



    please provide a link to your self-interview video.

    Need help uploading your video to YouTube? Follow these instructions here

    Video Tips & Specifications:

    • Please make sure to include in your name, high school, home town, & plans upon graduation in your video interview.
    • Please submit a video that is 1 - 2 minutes in length.
    • The ideal video format is 1920x1080p - 16x9 widescreen and must be 250MB or less.
    • Have someone else film you.
    • If filming on an iPhone or other smartphone, turn your phone sideways.
    • Make sure you are not backlit when filming - standing directly in front of windows or other major light sources does not look good on camera but rooms should be well-lit overall to avoid shadows.
    • Please watch your entire video before uploading to ensure it looks and sounds good from beginning to end.



    Must be of file type pdf, .doc or .docx

    Essay tips & specifications
    Essay must be written on this year's topic: What are the Future Sources of Electricity in the United States?

    • Essay must be a minimum of 2 pages.
    • The required essay format is: typed/double-spaced/12-pt. font/1 in. margins/page numbers.
    • Please include your full name on each page of your essay.

    For questions or further assistance, please contact Andrea Williams McCoy at: youthtour@lamarelectric.coop or 903-783-4949

    DEADLINE: The application, video, and essay must be received no later than 5:00PM on January 31, 2022. Submissions must include all 3 elements. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Selections will be announced no later than February 15, 2022.

    Note: Official transcripts may be required prior to scholarship/youth tour awards.