About the Youth Tour

The Youth Tour is sponsored nationally by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and statewide by the Alabama Rural Electric Association. Each year, almost 2,000 outstanding high school students from across the nation visit their state and nation’s Capitols to develop leadership skills, to learn more about U.S. history and government, and to gain a personal understanding of their role as a citizen.

Baldwin EMC will provide each Youth Tour winner with a $750 nonrenewable scholarship. The award will be dispersed directly to the accredited school selected by the scholarship recipient, contingent upon and subject to the recipient graduating from high school and passing all required graduation exams.

Students will list the name of a teacher who has made a significant impact on them during high school on their application. Teachers of winning students will receive an award of $500 for educational classroom materials.

2024 Youth Tour Dates

Montgomery Youth Tour: March 12-14, 2024

Washington Youth Tour: June 17-23, 2024

2024 Application Process

Applications for the 2024 Youth Tour Scholarship will be available in the fall of 2023. Give us a call at 251.989.6247 for more information.

High school juniors with a minimum 2.5 GPA must complete the Youth Tour application, answer the provided essay question, and submit a resume that demonstrates leadership, extra-curricular/school activities, and community service. A panel of judges will interview the top finalists at the Baldwin EMC corporate office in Summerdale. Four students will be awarded trips to Montgomery, Alabama, and Washington, D.C., and a college scholarship.

Submit completed applications by email: casmith@baldwinemc.com

Or by mail:
Caroline Smith, Youth Tour Coordinator
Baldwin EMC
19600 Highway 59
Summerdale, AL 36580

Meet the 2023 Youth Tour Delegates

Myah Riggs
Robertsdale High School

Myah is the daughter of Nancy Riggs of Elberta. She serves as a Senior representative in the Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce Junior Executives program and is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Technical Honor Society and Teenage Republicans of America. She is a gold medal pianist and Captain of the Robertsdale High School Color Guard (2022-2023), and her true passion is cosmetology. Myah plans to attend the Paul Mitchell Academy for Cosmetology with dreams of becoming a hairstylist and author.

Abby Jordan
Daphne High School

Abby is the daughter of Jocelyn and Brian Jordan of Daphne. She currently serves on the United Way of Baldwin County’s Youth Board, is a graduate of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership program, and is a member of the Daphne High School Student Government Association, Project Outreach, National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. She plays club soccer for Union 10 FC and is a member of Alabama’s Olympic Development Program as well as the Daphne Varsity Tennis team, where she has received both all-county and sectional recognition. Abby has a heart for those affected by food insecurities and serves at Prodisee Pantry.

Molly Caruthers
Baldwin County High School

Molly is the daughter of Amber and Matthew Caruthers of Bay Minette. She serves on the worship team at Crossroads Church of God and is a Varsity Cheerleader at Baldwin County High School. She is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Future Health Professionals of America, and she volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House in Mobile, AL. Molly plans to attend Coastal Alabama Community College next fall to pursue a career in nursing. 

Jessica Welch
Robertsdale High School

Jessica is the daughter of Kellie Jones of Robertsdale. She serves as Vice President of Robertsdale High School’s Student Government Association and President of Mu Alpha Theta, and she is a member of National Honor Society. Outside of the classroom, Jessica is a dedicated student-athlete on the track field and volunteers with Robertsdale High School Kids STEM and track camps. Jessica plans on attending college in the fall of 2024 and pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

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