Youth Scholarships & Trips

Operation Round Up Youth Scholarships

The Youth Scholarship application period for 2021 has closed. Winners will be notified in May. In 2020, more than 100 students were each awarded a $700 scholarship. Operation Round-Up is a program that rounds up a member's bill to the nearest dollar. Since its beginning in 2008, $863,950 has been awarded to help area youth succeed in life. Scholarships are for high school seniors whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) is a member-owner of SEMO Electric Cooperative. 

One might think the penny has lost its power in today’s economy.  However, a few pennies can make a real impact on education. In 2020, more than 100 students were each awarded a $700 scholarship thanks to a little change through Operation Round-Up. Now, the SEMO Electric Cooperative Foundation’s 2021 Youth Scholarship application period is now open.  A one-time scholarship is open to any high school senior whose parent or legal guardian is a SEMO Electric Cooperative member.  The student must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater and attending an accredited college, university or vocational school in the fall of 2021.  The deadline to apply for this scholarship is January 8, 2021. The student can receive the SEMO Electric Foundation Scholarship only one time.  It is not renewable.  Finalists will be selected by the cooperative’s foundation board.  The scholarship monies will be awarded prior to the upcoming 2021 fall semester or quarter with the student’s valid proof of enrollment as a full-time student at the accredited college, university or vocational school by June 1, 2021. Since SEMO Electric started Operation Round-Up in 2008, $863,950 has been awarded to help area youth succeed in life. Operation Round-Up is a program that rounds up a member's bill to the nearest dollar. Participating in Operation Round-Up is easy. Each month, SEMO Electric simply "rounds up" the electric bill of participating members to the next highest dollar. For example, a member's monthly bill of $52.73 would be rounded up to $53, with the additional 27 cents going to the Operation Round-Up. Donations are tax deductible.

CYCLE Tour and Youth Tour Trips

CYCLE Tour and Youth Tour events have been canceled due to COVID-19 for 2021. Please check in December 2021 for Summer 2022! Thank you. 

What's the CYCLE Tour? SEMO's high school sophomores are eligible for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives' Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience (CYCLE) Tour. It is a three-day leadership program with other Missouri students at Jefferson City.

What's the Youth Tour? SEMO's high school juniors are eligible for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth TourMore than 1,500 students from all across America take part in the Youth Tour experience each year, and so can you! Travel to Washington, D.C., where you will meet your U.S. Representatives and Senators. This unique trip will give you the opportunity to watch history come alive as you explore the museums, memorials and monuments with students from your state. You will meet student leaders from nearly every state and hear dynamic leaders on Youth Day. Bottom line, you will make friendships that will last a lifetime and be part of a group that has more than 50,000 alumni in every walk of life including U.S. Senators and CEOs. Click for FAQs. The promo video below gives an overview of the experience. 

2021 Youth and CYCLE Application.pdf

2021 Scholarship Application_1.pdf