Washington Youth Tour sparked student’s interest in politics
Each summer the Trico Foundation sends local high school juniors on a trip to Washington, D.C., where more than 1,800 students from electric cooperatives across the country come together to visit our nation’s capital.
Students spend the week visiting monuments and memorials, exploring museums, and touring the U.S. Capitol Building. Students meet with staffers and members of Congress to discuss relevant topics that affect them and their local communities.
“Looking back, I am extremely grateful for Trico,” said J. Martin Peralta, who went on the 2017 Washington Youth Tour. “Washington Youth Tour was a great experience that had a large impact on me.”
Martin decided to attend Georgetown University to study international politics with a minor in Russian.
“The Washington Youth Tour not only sparked my interest in politics, but it was also the first time that I was able to visit a large city outside of Arizona,” he said. “It definitely played a large role in me applying to Georgetown as well as choosing my major.”
Martin is receiving a Trico Foundation scholarship, which he said has been very helpful.
“The past two years have been much less stressful thanks to this scholarship and I am extremely appreciative of it,” he said.
After graduating from Georgetown, Martin hopes to join the U.S. Foreign Service and work abroad, hopefully somewhere in Eastern Europe where he will have the opportunity to improve his Russian.
Attention parents: Your child could go on a free trip to D.C.
- Trico is accepting applications for the 2021 Washington Youth Tour
- Applications are available at trico.coop/washington-youth-tour
- Deadline is November 30, 2020