Essay Contest

Attention High School Juniors!

Win a free trip to Washington, D.C., or a week at Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp at Glen Eden Resort!

Every year MVEA sponsors an essay contest for high school juniors. The first place and second place winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, in June with other Colorado students from across the state. They will meet up with approximately 1,800 high school juniors from cooperatives across the U.S. for a week of touring historical sites, meeting legislators and having a fantastic time in our nation’s capital.

The third and fourth place winners will be invited to the Colorado Electric Education Institute’s Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp (CYLC) in Clark, Colorado, just outside Steamboat Springs, in July. Here they will join approximately 90 students from Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Wyoming to improve upon their leadership skills, set up and operate a cooperative, participate in legislative forums and enjoy a slew of activities set in the beautiful Colorado Rockies.

To be eligible

  1. The student must submit an essay of approximately 500 words on the topic – Renewable energy is a hot topic. If you were faced with having to provide 100% renewable energy to MVEA’s co-op members, what steps would you take to accomplish this, what challenges do you foresee, and do you think it is possible?
  2. The student must be at least 16 years of age by January 1, 2020
  3. Parents or guardians must receive electric service from MVEA.
  4. Complete the Entry Form.
  5. Include a high resolution digital or hardcopy image of the student with the application.

Entries must be emailed, postmarked, hand delivered to any MVEA office or placed in an MVEA drop box by November 14, 2019. Attach or scan the entry form with your essay and send it to: or MVEA, Attn: Essay Contest, 11140 E. Woodmen Road, Falcon, CO 80831 by November 14, 2019.

Congratulations to our 2019 essay contest winners!

1st Place – Jennifer Galvan from Limon Public Schools
2nd Place – Preslie Fox from Falcon HS
3rd Place – Gemma Ponce from Vallage High School
4th Place – Amber Bohannan from Palmer Ridge High School

For more information, please contact Erica Meyer by email at or by calling (719) 494-2654.

Don’t miss out on either of these two great trips!!!