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Youth & Education

Georgia EMC works hand-in-hand with its 41 member cooperatives to make a difference in Georgia’s communities. This commitment is evident in the variety of statewide leadership and educational programs we support for our state’s youth. We encourage you to contact your local EMC as many offer additional programs as well.

Washington Youth Tour

Once a year, high school students are selected by the electric cooperatives in Georgia to represent our state as delegates on the Washington Youth Tour. This top-notch leadership experience and tour of Washington, D.C., includes meetings with state and national leaders and leadership training, as well as visits to all the major sights. Participants join over 1,400 other students from around the nation—all expenses paid—for one incredible week in our nation’s capital. Videos about the trip can viewed on Georgia EMC’s YouTube Channel. For more details, see the national Electric Cooperative Youth Tour website and contact your local EMC.

Georgia Cooperative Council’s Youth Leadership Conference

Each year the EMCs of Georgia sponsor students to attend the Georgia Cooperative Council’s Youth Leadership Conference. The three-day conference is held each July at the FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Through teambuilding exercises, personality assessments and an in-depth look into the cooperatives, the conference provides leadership training for the participants and explores the cooperative way of doing business. Georgia’s EMCs also sponsor participants to the Couples Co-op Conference organized by the council. Check out the Cooperative Council’s website for more information, and contact your local EMC for an application.

EMC/FFA Electrification Contest

The EMC/FFA Electrification Contest, part of the Georgia Department of Education’s Agricultural Education division, is organized through local FFA chapters and sponsored by the electric membership corporations of Georgia. Participating high school students can win scholarship funds to use at any college, university or vocational school in Georgia. The contest reinforces electrical wiring as taught in the vocational agriculture education program and expands the student’s grasp of electric energy and the role of the EMCs in Georgia’s energy future. Access contest materials here:

Walter Harrison Scholarship

Named for one of Georgia’s true electric pioneers and state leaders, the Walter Harrison Scholarship program awards $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors and undergraduate students attending any technical school or two- or four-year accredited college or university in Georgia. Launched in 1987, the scholarships are awarded annually on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. For more information, please contact your local EMC.

Since 1987, Georgia’s EMCs have awarded more than $181,000. Georgia EMC hosts a Walter Harrison Silent Auction at its annual meeting each year to help fund the scholarships.

The 2016 Walter Harrison Scholarship recipients are:

  • Rishabh Agrawal — Walton EMC
  • Ryley Beaumont — Cobb EMC
  • Amber Coy — Flint Energies
  • Amy Jenkins —  Jackson EMC
  • Brendan Machado — Walton EMC
  • Madison Parker — Washington EMC
  • Ashleigh Ryan — Coweta-Fayette EMC
  • Michael Smith — Jackson EMC
  • August Williams — Okefenoke REMC
  • Jacob Williams — Oconee EMC                

William H. Booth Award

Georgia EMC sponsors the William H. Booth Award to recognize outstanding career achievements of among state extension agents who work with the youth and children of 4-H. Extension agents are nominated by their peers for the Booth Award and then undergo an extensive application and interview process after which awards are presented to one agent in each of Georgia’s four 4-H districts during the annual 4-H State Congress banquet. See Georgia 4-H for more details.

Georgia High School Association

Georgia EMC has been a corporate sponsor for the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) since 1999, coordinating the involvement of EMCs around the state in the GHSA state football and basketball championship finals. Georgia’s EMCs support student athletes around the state and award 48 Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship awards each fall to one high school in each classification for each region that exhibited exemplary sportsmanship at sporting events during the prior year. Learn more about GHSA.