Alyssa Hampton, a senior from Riverside Christian Academy, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 18, from Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.


Hampton was in the nation’s capital as a delegate of the 2019 Washington Youth Tour. The annual event, sponsored by FPU and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, provides young leaders with an opportunity to explore the nation’s capital, learn about government and help develop their leadership skills.


Students were selected for the trip by writing short stories titled “Electric Cooperatives – Connecting Communities” that explain how utilities provide communities with much more than electric power. Hampton was awarded the Robert McCarty Memorial Scholarship for having the second-place story of the more than 10,000 papers submitted across the state.


McCarty was an employee of Volunteer Energy Cooperative and longtime chaperone on the annual Youth Tour. McCarty lost a battle with cancer in 2015, and sponsoring cooperatives renamed the scholarship in honor of his love for young people.


“The Washington Youth Tour is a great opportunity to help students learn about public policy and leadership,” says FPU CEO/General Manager Britt Dye. “FPU is proud to help prepare Lincoln County’s next generation of leaders, and we are excited to see the impact they will have on our community.”


The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides leadership, advocacy and support for Tennessee’s 23 rural electric utilities and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit tnelectric.org or tnmagazine.org to learn more.