Youth Scholarships & Trips

Operation Round Up Youth Scholarships

In May 2021, 84 students were each awarded an $880 scholarship. A total of $73,920 due to Operation Round-Up, a program that rounds up a member's bill to the nearest dollar. Since its beginning in 2008, $937,870 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. Check back this fall for the 2022 Youth Scholarship application.

One might think the penny has lost its power in today’s economy. However, a few pennies can make a real impact on education. The student can receive the SEMO Electric Foundation Scholarship only one time. It is not renewable. The scholarship monies will be awarded prior to the upcoming 2022 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, 2022. Since SEMO Electric started Operation Round-Up in 2008, $937,870 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

Please check this fall for CYCLE and Youth Tour applications 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.