Walton EMC believes in investing in youth. Each year, the co-op sends high school students to the Washington Youth Tour, sponsors youth electrification contests and Georgia High School Association state championships, and partners with area schools to enhance the educational experience. The co-op is also a sponsor of the Walter Harrison Scholarship program, which awards financial aid for post-high school education.
Washington Youth Tour
Walter Harrison Scholarship
If you're a high school sophomore or junior living or attending school in Walton EMC's service area, you could win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., as a participant in the Washington Youth Tour.
Walton EMC sends four Youth Tour delegates to Washington each June to participate in this leadership development opportunity that provides a peek at how our state and national governments work and what it takes to be a better leader. The trip includes one-on-one meetings with congressional delegates, visits to the White House and national monuments, and enjoying social activities with other Tour delegates from across the nation.
Youth delegates will also spend time in Atlanta, getting to know fellow delegates from around the state, meeting state leaders and seeing landmarks.
- Be a high school sophomore or junior.
- Live or attend a school in WEMC's service area.
- Have parents' permission to enter.
- Commit to making the trip on the dates designated, if selected as a winner.
- Follow the contest rules.
Previous Youth Tour winners are not eligible.
Each year, the Walter Harrison Scholarship program awards $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors and undergraduate students attending any vocational school or two- or four-year accredited college or university in Georgia. Funded by Georgia's electric cooperatives such as Walton EMC, the scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. Applicants must be in Walton EMC's service territory to be eligible. Contact your guidance counselor for details.
Operation Round Up Scholarship
EMC/FFA Electrification Contest
The Operation Round Up student scholarship is open to any graduating high school senior or incoming college freshman with no more than 15 hours of college credit. Winners are selected by overall evaluation; awards are not based on grade point average. Students planning to attend technical, vocational or other non-traditional university education are strongly urged to apply.
To qualify, the student's primary residence must be served by Walton EMC. Between 10 and 20 student scholarships will be awarded depending on the quality of applicants.
Partners in Education
The EMC/FFA Electrification Contest is organized as a Career Development Event through local FFA chapters and sponsored by Walton EMC and the Electric Membership Corporations of Georgia. Participants can win scholarship funds to use at any college, university or vocational school in Georgia.
The contest is designed to reinforce the electrification skills being taught in the vocational agriculture education program, and to provide high school students the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about electric energy. State winners receive college scholarships.
Each Walton EMC office is a partner with local schools and participates in many activities throughout the school year.