Our Commitment to Youth

At Bandera Electric, commitment to our members is a top priority, and as a Cooperative, we are guided by the Seven Cooperative Principles, which includes Education, Training and Information. We seek to provide education and training for our members ... especially our young members. That is why we award scholarships to high school and college students each year, as well as send two students on the Government-in-Action Youth Tour to Washington D.C. If you know a student who might qualify for these programs, encourage them to apply.

BEC Scholarship Program

Bandera Electric is committed to the leaders of tomorrow, and we encourage members and their children to work hard and follow their dreams. We offer scholarships to local high school and home-schooled graduating seniors, and college students. BEC scholarships may be applied toward tuition, fees and expenses at any accredited four-year university or college, junior college, or TEA-approved technical or trade school that offers an associate degree.

Each year, Bandera Electric awards ten $2,500 scholarships. Recipients of the scholarships will be chosen based on the following:

  • Financial necessity
  • Written essay
  • Participation in community/school activities

Winners are chosen by a scholarship committee made up of co-op members and are announced at local graduation and award ceremonies.
Applicants may only win once.

The scholarship program was established in 1998 by Bandera Electric Cooperative to encourage and assist in the educational pursuits of its members and their immediate families.  Since then, we have awarded $175,000 in scholarships!

Download the scholarship application below. Application, essay and photo must be submitted/postmarked by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

2018 Scholarship Application

Government-in-Action Youth Tour

In June, BEC sends deserving students on an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C as part of the Electric Cooperative Government-in-Action Youth Tour. Students will spend an entire week in Washington, D.C. experiencing all the capital has to offer. While in D.C., the students have the opportunity to visit many of the nation’s exciting museums, memorable landmarks and meet other students from around Texas and the United States.

The contest and trip are part of the National Electric Cooperative Government-in-Action Youth Tour hosted each year by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Electric cooperatives from across the country sponsor students from their respective service territories to attend this exciting event each year.

The Youth Tour was first suggested by President Lyndon B. Johnson while he was a Texas senator. His vision to send "youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents" came to fruition in 1965. Bandera Electric sent its first Youth Tour participant in 1972 and we have sent students each year since 1985.

This year students may submit an essay or video answering a predetermined prompt.

Applications are due by Wednesday, January 17, 2018. 

2018 Youth Tour Application