VICE Conference Essay Contest is Open

VICE Conference Essay Contest is Open

The annual essay contests to determine A&N Electric Cooperative’s Youth Tour and VICE Conference participants begins this month. The contests for each trip will be separated this year. A student can submit an essay for each, but can only be chosen for one trip if they meet the individual qualifications.



Each spring, the Virginia Cooperative Council sponsors an Institute on Cooperative Education, a youth leadership conference for up to 64 Virginia high school students. Local high school and homeschool students from A&N Electric Cooperative’s service area are eligible to attend.
The objective of the conference is to educate youth about the unique cooperative form of business. The top performers during the conference have the opportunity to receive up to $2,000 in education scholarships.

VICE Conference Qualifications

  • VICE attendees must be 16-19 years old as of July 1, 2021
  • Complete and submit the VICE Conference Application Form before Dec. 4
  • Completed essay submitted prior to the Dec. 4 deadline
  • Live within the cooperative’s service territory

This year the cooperative will select the top two essays submitted to join students who qualified last year to attend the conference, but were unable to due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The VICE conference takes place in spring of 2021. The essay topic for the VICE Conference contest is “What are the Benefits of the Cooperative Model of Business to the Eastern Shore?”
Due to COVID-19, essays can be submitted directly to the cooperative by filling out the VICE Conference Application and Essay Form.
Both conferences are at no cost to students who are selected. The cooperative also provides transportation to both events.

Essay guidelines will be sent to the guidance offices at each high school. To learn more about how you can participate in these programs, speak with your high school’s guidance office or contact Cooperative Youth Tour Coordinator Jay Diem.

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