I grew up on a farm in rural North Dakota and wanted to attend college somewhere close to my rural community. The scholarship I received from FRS and Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative made a significant impact on my life. It meant so much that someone else saw potential in me and wanted to invest in my education and development. My scholarship deepened my connection with my rural community. It encouraged me to give back to the community that gave so much to me and helped me to become who I am today.”
Kate Martin
- 2004 FRS College Scholarship Winner

College Scholarship Program



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College Scholarship Application

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The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) offers an annual college scholarship program to help further higher education among rural youth. FRS awards a one-time $2,500 scholarships to students from rural America for their first year of college, university or vocational-technical school. Each student is sponsored by an NTCA member company. FRS funds $2,000 of each scholarship, and the sponsoring company awards the remaining $500.The FRS College Scholarship Program seeks to encourage students to return to their rural communities upon completing their education.

Sponsoring a student for the annual FRS College Scholarship Program is a one-time investment that will last a lifetime. The program empowers rural youth by giving them opportunities for higher education. Our hope is that these students return to rural America to enhance and enrich their rural community with education and experience.

The application for the FRS College Scholarship Program is available each October for the following year's program. Applications must be postmarked to FRS by March 3rd of each year and winners will be announced by May 1st of that year.


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The Foundation for Rural Service is proud to announce the creation of four new scholarships funded by Manny and Leo Staurulakis, of JSI, in honor of their parents John and Chresanthe Staurulakis and to celebrate 50 years of service to the rural telephone industry. The FRS Starulakis Family Scholarships will provide four $5,000 awards and will give preference to students with an interest in science, math, medicine, or engineering. Students with a focus in the sciences will be automatically considered for these new Staurulakis Family Scholarships.


tms finallogo color web-01In 2013, FRS announced it is increasing its support of rural youth in their first year of college, university or vocational-technical school thanks to a $50,000 donation from Telecom Management Services (TMS).

Scholarships made possible by TMS’s donation will be awarded in $1,500 increments to one student per year who is a customer of one of the two TMS-managed companies (Ardmore Telephone and West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications Cooperative). In addition, one student per year who is a customer of any NTCA member company will receive a $1,500 TMS scholarship.