Essay Contest

Attention High School Sophomores and Juniors!

Win a free summer trip to Washington, D.C., or to Glen Eden Resort near Steamboat Springs!

MVEA sponsors a youth leadership trip contest for high school sophomores and juniors. Winners will 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 students 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 while adding to their leadership portfolio.

Additional 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 fill out the application, which contains an entry form and a few short-answer essay questions.
  2. The student must be at least 16 years of age by July 1, 2021
  3. Parents or guardians must receive electric service from MVEA.
  4. Include a high resolution digital or hardcopy image of the student with the application. (Photos are used to feature winners in Colorado Country Life magazine.)

Entries must be emailed, postmarked, hand delivered to any MVEA office or placed in an MVEA drop box by November 12, 2020. 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.

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!!!