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Deadline for BEC youth programs nearing

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Students wanting to apply for one of the 10, $2,500 scholarships that the Bandera Electric Cooperative will award this year and to seek a place in the BEC Youth Tour program that will send students on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. have until midnight on Feb. 16 to get their applications in.

Both high school seniors and enrolled postsecondary students whose parents or guardians are BEC members are eligible to seek one of the scholarships that the cooperative established in 1988. The scholarships help pay for tuition, fees and expenses at accredited universities, colleges, junior colleges and approved trade schools.

The cooperative has awarded $175,000 in scholarships since the program started.

The New Braunfels Area Community Foundation will select the scholarship winners based on financial necessity, written essays and the participation students exhibit in community and school activities.

Eligibility requirements and the scholarship application is available at

The BEC’s D.C. tour will send selected students to a week-long tour of the nation’s capital, where they will have the chance to visit national museums and landmarks and get to know other students from around the country.

The tour will take place in June. It is part of the National Electric Cooperative Government-in-Action Youth Tour which is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

The BEC has taken part in the tour every year since 1985, and electric cooperatives from other parts of the country send students from their service areas to the annual event.

The New Braunfels Area Community Foundation will assess essays that applicants for the tour write. The foundation also will filter applicants based on criteria set up by the BEC.

For more information about the tour, go to