Special Opportunities for Juniors!


Seven students to attend the 2018 Youth Leadership Tour

Applications due by 5 p.m., Monday, January 8, 2018.

Since 1964, more than 50,000 high school students have visited Washington, DC, for one week every summer as part of the Electric Cooperative Youth Leadership Tour. Through Texas Electric Cooperatives (TEC), in conjunction with National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), coordinates the tour, and more than 1,500 students participate every summer. Texas participants have the added benefit of visiting Austin for two days to learn about our state government. 

For 2018, CoServ will award seven North Texas high school juniors an all-expenses-paid tour departing from Austin to Washington, DC, to watch our government in action. The winners join more than 100 other youth from Texas electric cooperative homes June 6–15, 2018 to experience two Capitols. (Sample agenda (pages 6-8) and eligibility requirements.)

After completing their freshman year of college, Youth Tour winners are eligible to apply for a $10,000 NRECA scholarship. (Click here for details.) 

The Veterans of Foreign Wars offers scholarships opportunities for students who enter the Essay contests outlined below: 

Please advise students to DO NOT MAIL their entry.   If they cannot drop it off, they can call me and I will work with them to pick it up.

Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Contest

For high school students grades 9-12.

Theme:  “American  History – Our Hope For The Future”

This is an opportunity for students to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.

The national first place winner receives a $30,000 Scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.

Other Scholarships range from $1,000 to $16,000.  The winner from the Texas Department will receive $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC.

 Deadline:  Must be received no later than October 30, 2017 at the VFW Post in Roanoke.   


All Entries :

  1. Must be on a CD/FLASH DRIVE- record your reading of your essay to an audio CD or flash drive.  The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).
  2. Must Include a typed version.
  3. Must have a completed and signed entry form
  4. And if chosen to be submitted to next level, must have a head shot and shoulders photo. 

For more information, students can view the web site for these scholarship programs:


Kathy Paulson

Auxillary VFW Post 5074

Roanoke, Texas

Phone:  817.705.9351

Post address:  705 Oak Street, Roanoke, Texas

Suggested best times to drop off the essays at the Post: Between 11am to 8pm daily