Youth Programs

Academic Scholarships

Annually, Jones-Onslow awards scholarships to twenty-four graduating high school seniors and four community college students who have excelled in the community.

The scholarships will assist the youth as they continue with their academic endeavors. Students that attended high school in Onslow County are selected in conjunction with the school system and its Sponsors For Academic Talent (S.A.T.) Program and received their scholarships every year at the S.A.T. Banquet. Other recipients are chosen by the individual school’s staff.

The cooperative is proud of these and all the fine students in our area schools and communities. Scholarship recipients are listed below. Congratulations to you all!

Onslow County SAT Scholars: Britton Weiler, Ashton Jarman, Mark Hurlbut, Abigail Sutton, Samantha Patton, LeiLani Betancourt, Abigail Johnston, Bailey Arnold, Nathan Priechenfried, Kristin Vinson, Hailey Griffin, Kirstyn Brownley, Madison Simmons, Michael Corrente, Megan Eesley, Alvin Bissett II, East Duplin: Landon Day, Alyssa Acevedo, Jones Sr: Rubi Arriaga, Dyana West, South Lenoir: Sydney McLawhorn, David R. Phillippe, Topsail: Shane Johnson, James Swinson, Lejeune: Lily Bentacu, Jaydin Briggs, CCCC: Mary Barnett, Careem Moore, LCC: Sarah Mills, Alisha Aragon

TSE Sports Camps

Jones-Onslow EMC is pleased to offer Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships to basketball camps on university campuses this summer. Young women can apply for a scholarship to attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp which will be held June 16-19 at N.C. State University in Raleigh. Young men can apply for a scholarship to attend the Carolina Basketball School which will be held June 22-26 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Two students from JOEMC’s service territory will be selected for the scholarships, which cover all expenses at the overnight camps. Campers will stay in dorms and experience life on a college campus and also practice drills with NCAA coaches and athletes. Beyond the physical benefits of playing sports, campers will gain skills that will develop their character and help them excel on and off the court, like working as a team and connecting with new friends.

Students who will be in sixth or seventh grade during the 2024-2025 school year are eligible to apply. All applicants must have a parent or guardian’s signature, and scholarship winners are responsible for their own transportation to and from camp.

The deadline to apply is March 31.

Youth Tour

Each year, more than 1,800 exceptional high school students from across the country are selected to participate the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. While in D.C., participants will have a chance to meet with North Carolina’s elected officials and discuss the critical issues back home, learn about the cooperative business model, visit historic monuments, memorials, and various Smithsonian museums.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has grown into an invaluable program that gives young leaders an experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.Co-op officials and past Youth Tour participants say: Youth Tour is the perfect way for students to grow as a young leader in one of the world’s most influential places.

In addition to a trip to Washington, DC, Youth Tour participants are eligible to apply for several college scholarships available only to Youth Tour participants.

JOEMC will send four high school students to our nation’s capital to participate in Youth Tour  June 15-21, 2024.

The Youth Tour delegate will be selected based on the completion of an application and a short essay. Current high school juniors are eligible to apply.

Two alternates will be chosen for this program. If they are not called to attend the Washington DC Youth Tour, they will be given the opportunity to attend the Cooperative Leadership Camp.

School Presentations

Education and training for the community is essential to providing service excellence to our communities and our members. Jones-Onslow EMC welcomes the opportunity to visit your school, community or business group with educational presentations that are memorable and tailored to meet your needs.

If you are interested in learning more about JOEMC, industry trends or electric safety, JOEMC personnel are always available to give interesting, informative presentations to local civic clubs, social clubs, city and county organizations, senior citizen groups, K-12 school groups, and others.

Basic Electricity Curriculum

Discussion featuring the basics of electricity and how electricity is generated. Illustrations show the path electricity takes from the generating plant to the student’s home. All ages – Modified according to grade level


Hey! What About That Electricity?

A visually exciting and colorfully presented video teaching students about how electricity is generated, transmitted and distributed. Suggested ages 3rd – 5th grade


Conservation Curriculum

Discussion featuring topics ranging from “How to read an electric meter ” to ” Calculating how much an appliance will cost to operate. ” This session will inform students on what part they can play in helping to conserve energy. Suggested ages 6th – 8th grade


Energy Efficient Construction

Discussion featuring the latest technology in energy efficient construction. A brief discussion on the conservation programs Jones-Onslow EMC has in place to help their members with their energy needs. Suggested ages High School and Civic Clubs

To find out more about these school presentations or to schedule a presentation, contact Krystal Phillips, Communications/Community Relations Director, at 910-353-1940 or