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2020 Michael F. Peterson URECA Youth Leadership Challenge

Please Join Us For The 2021 Michael F. Peterson URECA Youth Leadership Challenge

Calling all high school juniors…Are you up for a challenge? Each year high school junior students have a chance to apply to attend the Utah Rural Electric Association (URECA) Youth Leadership Challenge (YLC). This week-long event is full of activities that will improve life skills and generate leadership qualities that last a lifetime. Students selected will hear from amazing speakers, participate in rope course challenges, talent shows, and there is even a dance at the end of the week. Students will create meaningful relationships that won’t be forgotten.  Juniors in high school going into their senior year may apply. To be eligible, the student’s immediate family must receive electric service from Dixie Power and the student must be attending a local high school. Applications are accepted between  April 1st and April 30th.

Once students are selected to attend the five day, all expenses paid conference they have a chance to win one of the following awards:

  • $10,000 in Dixie Power Scholarships to be awarded.
  • One student selected to represent URECA at the NRECA National Youth Tour in Washington D.C. ($2,500)

Scholarships will be awarded to the participants with the highest points from the following areas: Following URECA rules and guidelines, attitude, participation, and a written test. Scholarships are awarded Thursday evening at the Conference. The Conference is held in July each year and draws over 100 students representing ten electric cooperatives, and one telephone cooperative in four states. The Conference is held to acquaint youths with rural electric cooperatives, but lessons are also taught in politics and government along with self-esteem and self-improvement. Applications are available in March, with a deadline the 30th of April.

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2019 Michael F. Peterson Youth Leadership Challenge Recap


Previous Youth Leadership Challenge Participants and Scholarship Recipients