BAKER CITY — Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative, with headquarters in Baker City, is now accepting applications for academic, trade school, lineman college and the Washington, D.C., Youth Tour scholarships. These educational opportunities are available to members and their families in Baker, Grant, Harney and Union counties. The academic scholarships are open to high school students, returning students and adults entering educational and technical programs. Four scholarships will go to the brand-new full-tuition OTEC-EOU Rural Scholarship Program, a partnership between OTEC and Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, open to students who commit to attend and graduate from Eastern Oregon University. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2020.

OTEC is also awarding two lineman college scholarships and four trade school scholarships. Applications are accepted year-round.

In addition, current high school juniors can now apply for a chance to win a one-week trip to the nation’s capital to celebrate the 2020 NRECA Washington, D.C. Youth Tour next June. Over the course of the tour, four local students will tour historic sites and civic monuments, learn about electric cooperatives and current issues in energy and climate change legislation and also have a chance to meet Oregon’s congressional leaders. Applications for the Youth Tour close on Jan. 24, 2020.

Applications and specific criteria for all OTEC scholarships and youth programs are available at www.scholarships.otec.coop, youthtour.otec.coop and youthrally.otec.coop.

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