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Youth Programs and Scholarships

Benton REA is proud to take an active role in the education of our youth. Contact Benton REA’s member services department for more information about the following youth programs.

For more information about Benton REA's Youth programs and scholarships, contact member services at 509-786-8265.

Classroom Presentations

Professionals at Benton REA use their real world experience and knowledge to help teachers educate children about electricity. Subjects such as building a circuit, how electricity is generated and distributed, conserving energy and water and electrical safety tips are just some of the topics that Benton REA can teach in the classroom.

A Benton REA employee demonstrates electrical safety to a group of elementary school students

Live-Line Safety Demonstrations

Benton REA co-owns a life-size electrical safety demonstration trailer with our neighboring utilities with the goal of providing electrical safety education to our communities. Members of Benton REA may request a safety demonstration for their school, community organization or workplace free of charge. The live-line demo is dependent on the availability of our skilled linemen as well as the shared schedule between the utilities. Contact member services for information on availability.

Benton REA linemen show a bright arc on the live powerline demonstration

The Energy Experience

Bring your 8th grade class to The Energy Experience!

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019

REACH Interpretive Center - 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland 

Local energy partners and community leaders are hosting this STEM-focused energy and environmental summit for 8th grade students in the Mid-Columbia Region. 

The objective is to create awareness and understanding of energy generation, safety, energy efficiency and public power. The day's events will focus on the Common Core and Next-Generation science standards for 8th grade and feature engaging displays and hands-on activities. 

Register your class today! 

Youth Tour in Wasington D.C. Logo (Blue and Red Capitol building

Youth Tour in Washington D.C.

The 2020 Youth Tour will be June 18-25. 

If you’re a current high school sophomore or junior and looking for something fun and to do in the summer, the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour may be just the thing for you! This is an all-inclusive paid trip by Benton REA and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

The selected individual(s) will represent Benton REA as its delegate(s) and will have an opportunity to participate in what has the potential of being an exciting and memorable event in their lives.

Washington, D.C., is steeped in patriotic history. You will walk on the same streets of our nation’s greatest leaders and American heroes. You’ll discover national shrines, priceless works of art, world-class museums and many other treasures of our American heritage.

The tour also will provide delegate(s) with an opportunity visit with their elected leaders and see where laws that affect millions of citizens across the country are made.

During the trip, the NRECA plans activities that bring together 2,000 high school students from across the country. You’ll meet many new people and build friendships that can last a lifetime. And, you’ll have ample opportunity to develop your communications and leadership skills. We encourage you to step outside your comfort zone and seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Eligible students must be children of Benton REA members residing in Benton, Lewis or Yakima counties. Each student will be required to submit an essay on why they want to attend and what they expect to gain from the experience.


Each year, Benton REA awards up to five separate $8,000 continuing education scholarships to qualifying Benton REA members or their children whose main residence is within Benton, Lewis or Yakima counties and are graduating high school seniors. To ensure a wide range of students have access to these scholarships, Benton REA offers two scholarship programs: Academic and Trade & Technical.

Applications for 2018-2019 Scholarships are now closed.  2019-2020 scholarship applications will be available in November of 2019.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarship recipients receive $2,000 each year for four years of continuing education. To apply, students must submit a completed application, copies of transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, and a 500-word essay.

Trade & Technical Scholarships

Trade & Technical scholarship recipients receive the $8,000 in equal installments based on the duration of the selected curriculum. Trade & Technical Scholarships can only be used for a program that is a maximum of two years in length and must be at a technical or trade institution or a pre-approved Certification Program or Associate in Applied Science Program at a community college or university. To apply, students must submit a completed application, copies of transcripts, an Experience Sheet, and a 300-word essay.

2019 Scholarship Recipient Essays

Emily Bonus - Hanford High School

Parker Johnson - Hanford High School

Joel Karchner - Hanford High School

Kate Whalen - Hanford High School

Skyler Younkin - Hanford High School

2019 Scholarship recipeients at the Benton REA Annual Meeting
Kate Whalen, Joel Kartchner, Parker Johnson and Emily Bonus receive scholarship certificates at the 2019 Benton REA Annual Meeting. Pictured with them is Board President Mike Freepons, not pictured Skyler Younkin.