It is time to submit your applications for Nueces Electric Cooperatives Ramiro De La Paz Scholarship program and the highly anticipated Washington D.C. Youth Tour.

Each year Nueces Electric Cooperative provides these educational opportunities for area youth. “We want to do our part to promote education and hopefully one day these students will return to the Coastal Bend and give back to the community using the skills and knowledge they obtained from the university or their time in Washington”, says John L. Sims, NEC CEO.

Going on its 10th year, the Ramiro De La Paz Scholarship is named after a deceased NEC Board Member who was a former Superintendent for Riviera ISD. In tribute to his commitment to the Co-op and to the education of children, it was only fitting for NEC to honor Mr. De La Paz by naming the scholarship program after him so his legacy of teaching and education would carry on. Since the fund was created in 2004, 52 area students have received scholarships. All scholarship applications are required to be postmarked on or before February 8, 2013.

For 25 years, co-ops across the county have been sending students to Washington D.C for the annual Youth Tour. Two lucky youth, will join other students from Texas as they travel to Washington, D.C., where they will meet United States Representative and Senators. This unique trip will gives students the opportunity to watch history come alive as they explore the museums, memorials and monuments with students from your state. To enter, students must complete an entry form and write a short essay on a energy and conservation idea or project. Submitted ideas may be put into action in 2014! The deadline for Youth Tour entries is Friday, January 25, 2013.

Information, applications and entry forms can be found on the Nueces Electric Cooperative website at www.nueceselectric.org.

Ramiro De La Paz Scholarship: High School Seniors are eligible to apply for this multi-year scholarship. Two primary scholarships of $4,000 are awarded and four additional single semester scholarships of $500 are also awarded. Entry deadline is February 8, 2013.

Washington, D.C. Youth Tour: Sophomores and Seniors are invited to enter a contest to win a VIP, all expense paid trip to Washington D.C.. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Texas Electric Cooperatives send 150+ students from Texas to Washington each year to meet with legislators and take behind the scenes tours of monuments and museums. Students receive airfare, hotel, ground transportation, food and spending money from Nueces Electric Cooperative. Entry deadline is January 25, 2013.

Nueces Electric Cooperative is honored to be able to provide these programs to our communities and we hope you will take some time to take advantage of these opportunities. To be eligible to enter any of the programs, student must be a dependent or have a legal guardian who is Nueces Electric Cooperative or NEC Retail Member.

Started by a group of farmers and ranchers who truly exemplified the pioneer spirit, Nueces Electric Cooperative, Inc. has served the Coastal Bend since 1938. Nueces Electric Cooperative has evolved into a Cooperative that provides delivery services to over 17,000 meters utilizing over 3,000 miles of energized power line. Nueces Electric Cooperative also provides competitive retail services to over 20,000 consumers in the Corpus Christi area and other parts of Texas outside the NEC delivery area. For information contact us at 1.800.NEC.WATT or www.nueceselectric.org.