Nueces Electric Cooperative is asking high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to be aware of upcoming deadlines for its scholarship program and the NEC Youth Tour Essay Contest.

Two NEC Ramiro De La Paz Education Fund Scholarships are awarded each year to area high school seniors in the amount of $500 per semester for up to 8 semesters.

Selection is based on completion of an application that includes a short essay, high school transcripts and three letters of recommendation.

NEC chooses its student Youth Tour winner through an essay contest. This year's essay topic is Our Energy, Our Future.

The essay must be 300-500 words and NEC provides research information online for students who are eligible to enter the contest.

Applications and rules for both programs are available online at

Eligible participants of these programs must be dependents of active customers of NEC.

For more information on either of these programs, contact Sarah Fisher at NEC at 387-2581, Ext. 224 or toll-free at (800) 632-9288.