The foundation annually awards scholarships to an exceptional group of rural students for their first year of college or vocational school to a select group of the over 1,500 applicants. All applicants require sponsorship by an NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association member company to be eligible.
FRS has awarded over $1 million in scholarships since its inception; empowering rural students throughout the country to advance their communities with invaluable skill sets and experiences.
$2,500 scholarships are awarded across rural American annually and matched by generous NTCA members to students in their communities paving the way for the future of rural America (member companies must commit to a $500 match for each winning student).
In addition to FRS scholarships, the program includes a number of named scholarship opportunities (required match does not apply).
- Everett Kneece Scholarship
$7,000 scholarship awarded annually in honor of the generous philanthropist Everett Kneece, who had a passion for rural America.
- Good Neighbor Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate what it means to be a "good neighbor" through humanitarianism, inclusion and kindness to others.
- Herbert and Isabel Bitz Memorial Scholarship
One $5,000 scholarship awarded annually. Created by Mr. Don Bitz of Montana in honor of his parents, Herbert and Isabel, awarded to one individual who exhibits a strong dedication to rural America.
- JSI Scholarship
$5,000 JSI scholarships are awarded by the JSI Staurulakis Family in honor of their parents John and Chresanthe Staurulakis to four individuals with an interest in science, math, medicine or engineering.
- TMS Scholarship
$1,500 scholarships are awarded annually to two customers of Ardmore Telephone and/or West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications Cooperative.
- Roger Alan Cox Scholarship
Scholarship is awarded as one $1,000 college scholarship to go to a student who resides in the Atlantic Telephone Membership Company service territory in North Carolina, and two other $500 scholarships for individuals living in rural areas of North Carolina and South Carolina. Recipients shall be selected by FRS through its scholarship application review process.
|Rose Gerard||NineStar Connect (IN)||Northeast Region|
|Caitlin Cox||NineStar Connect (IN)||Northeast Region|
|Ethan Hunt||McDonough Telephone Cooperative (IL)||Northeast Region|
|Kenneth Stier||Enhanced Telecommunications (IN)||Northeast Region|
|Emily Evans||3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative (MT)||Northwest Region|
|Avia Simmons||Farmers Mutual Telephone Company (ID)||Northwest Region|
|Jake Livingston||Farmers Mutual Telephone Company (ID)||Northwest Region|
|Savannah Burris||Phillips County Telephone Company dba PC Telcom (CO)||Northwest Region|
|McKenna Stephens||All West Communications (UT)||Northwest Region|
|Jessie Glover||South Central Communications (UT)||Northwest Region|
|William Smith III||West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative (SC)||Southeast Region|
|Charles McAllister||West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative (SC)||Southeast Region|
|Calissa Mason||Pineland Telephone Cooperative (GA)||Southeast Region|
|Elor Mayan||Horry Telephone Cooperative (SC)||Southeast Region|
|Sydney Sanford||Skyline Membership Corporation (NC)||Southeast Region|
|Halle Shrum||North Central Telephone Cooperative (TN)||Southeast Region|
|Bedford Emberton||Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation (TN)||Southeast Region|
|William Lovelace||Sandhill Telephone Cooperative (SC)||Southeast Region|
|Hannah Adams||Highland Telephone Cooperative (VA)||Southeast Region|
|Josue Villegas-Silva||Surry Telephone Membership Corporation (NC)||Southeast Region|
|Jerry Kennedy||West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications Cooperative (KY)||Southeast Region|
|Abbey Grace Breland||Ardmore Telephone Company (KY)||Southeast Region|
|Landry Gaddy||KanOkla Networks (OK)||Southwest Region|
|Gabriel Gibson||Canadian Valley Telephone Company (OK)||Southwest Region|
|Shaylee Boger||Cap Rock Telephone Cooperative (TX)||Southwest Region|
|Colton Rohrbach||Yucca Telecom (NM)||Southwest Region|
|Matilin Rigsby||Nortex Communications (TX)||Southwest Region|
|Trinity Wagner||Cunningham Telephone Company (KS)||Central Region|
|Colin Chandler||Cunningham Telephone Company (KS)||Central Region|
|Grace Nelson||BPS Telephone Company (MO)||Central Region|
|Kenzie McAtee||Peoples Telecommunications, LLC (KS)||Central Region|
|Meredith Oesch||Green Hills Telephone Corporation (MO)||Central Region|
|Dustin Davies||Green Hills Telephone Corporation (MO)||Central Region|
|Jordyn Castro||Mark Twain Rural Telephone Company (MO)||Central Region|
|Macey Spilman||Clear Lake Independent Telephone Company (IA)||Central Region|
|Lane Blackford||Chariton Valley Telephone Corporation (MO)||Central Region|
|Priscilla Liu||Chariton Valley Telephone Corporation (MO)||Central Region|
|Stephanie Hands||Golden Belt Telephone Association (KS)||Central Region|
|Caleb Nord||Golden Belt Telephone Association (KS)||Central Region|
|Elsie Magwire||Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company (NE)||Central Region|
|Allison Wilken||Pioneer Communications (KS)||Central Region|
|Slater Heglin||Pioneer Communications (KS)||Central Region|
|Lauren Campuzano||Tri-County Telephone Association (KS)||Central Region|
|Sean Gierke||West River Telecommunications Cooperative (ND)||North Central Region|
|Grace Mathias||Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative (ND)||North Central Region|
|Allison Lucas||Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative (ND)||North Central Region|
|Keaton Nelson||North Dakota Telephone Company (ND)||North Central Region|
|Brian Freidt||North Dakota Telephone Company (ND)||North Central Region|
|Sara Hemmingson||Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative (SD)||North Central Region|
|Kaylee Weninger||Dakota Central Telecommunications (ND)||North Central Region|
|Gracyn Cole||Polar Communications (ND)||North Central Region|
|Paige Haakenson||Polar Communications (ND)||North Central Region|
|Hannah Braaten||Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Assocation||North Central Region|
|Abby Kiesow||Garden Valley Telephone Company||North Central Region|
See Past Winners:
As FRS approaches our 25th Anniversary in 2019, we are highlighting some of our favorite programs. Since 1994, FRS has awarded over $1 million in scholarships to rural youth.