Due to the many concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Montana Electric Cooperative Association (MECA) has elected not to participate in the 2021 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Beartooth Electric and MECA offer this new scholarship opportunity for Sophomore and Junior member students in place of the Youth Tour.

Scholarship Essay Contest
Beartooth Electric Co-op is offering an essay contest for one $1,000 one-time scholarship for future college or trade school education in the state of Montana. To be eligible, students must be current high school sophomores or juniors in the Beartooth Electric service territory, and their parent or guardian must be members of Beartooth Electric Cooperative. Like all Beartooth Electric Co-op scholarships, these awards are funded by unclaimed capital credit dollars, which must be used for educational purposes in the state. The top-scored essay will be submitted to the statewide competition for a chance to win an additional $2,500 scholarship sponsored by MECA.

To enter, students need to submit the application and essay in response to the question, “How has reliable electricity benefited you and your community through the COVID-19 pandemic?”

Submit your essay to BEC by November 30, 2020 by email to bec@beartoothelectric.com or USPS to BEC, ATTN: Youth Tour Essay Scholarship, PO Box 1110, Red Lodge, MT 59068 . Please include your Name, High School or Home School Name, BEC Account Number, Phone Number, and Email Address on your essay cover page.

Youth Tour Essay Examples for Essay Topic, “What would your day be like without electricity”

Youth Tour Essay Example 1

Youth Tour Essay Example 2

Youth Tour Essay Example 3


If you have any questions, please contact Kaaren Robbins by email krobbins@beartoothelectric.com or by phone 406-446-2310. Good Luck