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One of the most valuable programs we offer to our membership is the Youth Tour to Washington D.C.  For the participants, the event can be life changing.  Last month we announced that despite the COVID dilemma that our country is in, we were making plans to send students to the 2021 tour.  Unfortunately, now we must announce that we will not be participating in the 2021 Youth Tour.

This was not an easy decision but one we had to make considering new information presented to us by our national association.  Due to COVID-19, escalating costs of providing proper safeguards for participants and pressure to commit by the end of October, there is too much uncertainty for the participating cooperatives from Montana.

As unfortunate as this is, we still want to see the essays written by those that wanted to go.   In lieu of the trip, the Board of Trustees at Vigilante Electric have deicide to award two $1,500 scholarships for post-secondary education to the best two essays we receive.  Then the best essay will be forwarded to our statewide association for a chance at an additional $2,500 scholarship.

Essay topic and eligibility guidelines remain the same, however the deadline for submitting an entry to Vigilante Electric has been extended to December 18, 2020.  You can download the application here.

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