The Foundation for Rural Service was established in 1994 and, through its partnership with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), promotes, educates and advocates to the public, rural telecommunications issues in order to sustain and enhance the quality of life within communities throughout rural America. In keeping with its mission, furthering the education of rural youth is a primary focus of the foundations. HTC, is a member of NTCA and is proud to support FRS in this worthy endeavor.
As your telecommunications service provider, it is our pleasure to offer this national scholarship program to the students in our local schools. Should a student from our service area be selected to receive one of the 30 scholarships ($2,000 each), HTC will contribute an additional $500 to the scholarship, bringing the total one-time scholarship award to $2,500. Please note that preference will be given to students expressing an interest to return to a rural area to work following graduation.
In addition, FRS has announced the creation of four new scholarships, funded by Manny and Leo Staurulakis, of John Staurulakis, Inc. (JSI), in honor of their parents, John and Chresanthe Staurulakis and to celebrate 50 years of service to the rural telephone industry. The FRS Staurulakis Family Scholarships will provide four $5,000 awards and will give preference to students with an interest in science, math, medicine, or engineering. These new scholarships will build on the existing FRS College Scholarship Program.
Letters and applications have been distributed to high school guidance counselors in Horry County. Although the form indicates that completed applications should be mailed directly to the FRS, we are asking that all completed applications be returned to the high school guidance counselor or Nicole Hyman, HTC, PO Box 1820, Conway, SC 29526. It will then be our responsibility to complete the applications with all required signatures and forward them to FRS by the March 1 deadline.
The application packet can be downloaded HERE.
This June, HTC will sponsor two High School juniors to be among the 100 students to attend the Foundation for Rural Service's 2012 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. After reviewing the application forms, it was determined that Damon Tunnell of Green Sea Floyds High School and Darcy Nirenstein, Loris High School will represent HTC and receive the all-expense paid trip to the Nation’s Capital for the Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour 2012, June 2-6.
The tour will participants a first-hand look at the telecommunications industry and the legislative process by visiting Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other governmental agencies. They will also see famous landmarks such as the Washington Monument, Smithsonian Institution, Jefferson and Lincoln memorials, U.S. Capital, Arlington National Cemetery, Washington Cathedral and Supreme Court. In addition, there will be fun activities to supplement the tour, including the night tour of the city and lunch at Hard Rock Café.
HTC selected the students based on the following requirements.
Parent must be an HTC member.
The scholarships may be renewed for an additional three years in the amount of $500 per year should the award recipients continue to meet qualifying criteria. The total scholarship amount each student may receive over a four-year period is $2,500.
For more information, ask your high school guidance conselor how to apply or call 369-8498 or 443-8553.
HTC, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union, and 104.9 BOB FM are partnering to deliver this scholarship opportunity to local students because we realize that education is key to unlocking a student's potential.
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