April 2 is the deadline to turn in applications for First Electric Cooperative's scholarship program or the 2012 Rural Electric Youth Tour.

April 2 is the deadline to turn in applications for First Electric Cooperative’s scholarship program or the 2012 Rural Electric Youth Tour.

High school seniors whose parents or guardians are First Electric members may apply for one of five $2,000 scholarships that the cooperative awards each year. To be eligible for the scholarships, which are funded through the Operation Round-Up program, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average through their senior year of high school and attend an accredited institute of higher learning in Arkansas on a full-time basis.

High school juniors whose parents or guardians are First Electric members may apply to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. on the Youth Tour. To enter the contest, juniors must write a 300-word essay or create a 3-minute film that identifies and explains three improvements that would make their home more energy efficient. A select number of applicants will be interviewed after the essays and films have been reviewed.

Both applications are available under the “Community” tab at www.firstelectric.coop and at any First Electric office. Applications are due by April 2 and may be mailed to Marketing and Communications Department; First Electric Cooperative; P.O. Box 5018; Jacksonville, AR 72078. Students may call 800-489-7405 with any questions.