Magic Valley Electric Cooperative (MVEC) adheres to seven cooperative principles, with the fifth principle being deeply rooted in education, training and information. This principle stresses the importance of providing education and training to company members, representatives, managers and employees to effectively develop the company as a whole. Applying these same principles outward into the community, MVEC has been providing opportunities to local students through the Youth Tour Program and Magic Valley Scholarships program.
“ MVEC’s purpose is to empower the members and communities we serve,” said Luis J. Reyes, Communications Coordinator. “ MVEC values the benefits of education by supporting learning opportunities for our members.”
The Youth Tour Program was established in 1968 offering local students’ unique opportunities to learn about the government on a first-hand basis. “ The Government-In-Action Youth Tour Program was established with one thought in mind —to inspire our next generation of leaders,” Reyes said. “ More than 50,000 young Americans have taken advantage of this special opportunity offered by Electric Cooperatives from across the nation.” Reyes said that since its instillation, MVEC has sent 98 local students to Washington, D.C. This year, MVEC, Texas Electric Cooperative and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association will co-sponsor a tour of Washington, D.C., including visiting the monuments, the nation’s Capital, the Smithsonian Institute and other historical and political sites. More than 120 local delegates will join over 1,200 delegates from across the nation, providing an avenue for each representative to learn about the government’s operation and history.
“ This is an excellent opportunity for students attending high school in the Rio Grande Valley,” Reyes said. The Youth Tour Program is available to any high school sophomore or junior living in MVEC’s service area whose family is a member of MVEC. Each contestant must submit one completed application by Feb. 7, 2017. Since 2003, MVEC has awarded more than $1,000,000 in college scholarships to high school seniors throughout the Rio Grande Valley. MVEC’s service territory is broken up into seven districts where eligible students within that district are able to apply for a scholarship. In 2017, MVEC is prepared to award seven $15,000 scholarships to high school seniors. Eligibility requirements include an interview process for the top two students per district by MVEC’s scholarship committee.
Scholarship recipients will need to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in order to continue to receive funds. Funds are distributed over five years on a per semester basis. The scholarship program is available to any graduating high school senior who is a dependent of an MVEC member (who has been a member for at least one year). The membership account address must be the primary residence of the applicant at the time the scholarship is awarded. Deadline to apply to the scholarship program is Dec. 8, 2016, and scholarships will be granted to those attending accredited institutions of higher education in Texas.
“MVEC’s mission is to enhance people’s lives by safely providing the most reliable and affordable electric service while keeping our member’s best interest in mind,” Reyes said. “While that mission has been accomplished, it needs to be maintained and expanded. Ensuring that everyone in our community is working together to find economic and social opportunities for our youth to stay in our community is our challenge. MVEC wants to help build our next leaders by investing in youth programs that will benefit our Rio Grande Valley students.” Applications can be obtained from any MVEC office, high school counselor’s office or via the website: magicvalley.coop. For more information on scholarships or the Youth Tour Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-866-225-5683.