It is time for High School students to submit applications for the Nueces Electric Cooperatives Ramiro De La Paz Scholarship program and the highly anticipated FREE Washington D.C. Youth Tour trip. Nueces Electric Cooperative is honored to be able to provide these programs to the community and hope students will take advantage of these opportunities.

To be eligible to enter either program, student must be a dependent or have a legal guardian who is Nueces Electric Cooperative or NEC Retail Member.

Going on its 11th 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, 58 area students have received scholarships. All scholarship applications are required to be postmarked on or before February 14, 2014.

For 26 years, co-ops across the county have been sending students to Washington D.C for the annual Youth Tour. Two lucky youth, will join approximately 150 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. The essay topic is celebrating NEC's 75th Anniversary and should be written on how electricity has changed society in the last 75 years. The deadline for Youth Tour entries is Friday, January 24, 2014.

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