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HTC Scholarship Programs

It is with great pride that HTC can serve Horry County Schools as a Partner in Education. Through our affiliations in the Partners in Education program with our county's schools, HTC can provide valuable and lasting contributions for students and teachers as well as for businesses and the rest of the community.

FRS Scholarship Program:

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.

FRS Youth Tour:

HTC and the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) sponsored an educational tour and all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, May 31-June 4, 2014, for two local students selected for the 20th Annual Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour. Dalton Trout, representing the Scholars Academy, and Holly Edwards, representing Loris High School, were selected by school guidance counselors and HTC. The 20th Annual Youth Tour exposes students to the regulatory process and explains the impact of legislative and judicial decisions on the telecommunications industry in rural America. Students also have the opportunity to visit many of the historical sites in the nation's capital.

Dalton Trout, Scholars Academy

Holly Edwards, Loris High School

The Youth Tour will bring together 100 high school juniors from across rural and suburban America to Washington, DC on a four-day culturally enriching experience. The tour allows youth to visit the Supreme Court and US Capitol to meet with a member of Congress. They also participate in an informational session about the Federal Communications Commission, US Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service and more. Students visit the nation's most historic and popular tour sites, including the Supreme Court and the Lincoln and Roosevelt Memorials.

HTC selected the students based on the following requirements.

Students should:

  • Be a high school junior;
  • Have at least a C grade point average (GPA) or better;
  • Demonstrate leadership in organizations and interest in community through volunteer activities;
  • Write a letter explaining why he or she would like to attend and stating his or her future plans
    beyond high school;
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school official.

Parent must be an HTC member.

KEY Scholarships:

HTC, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union, and 104.9 BOB FM are partnering to offer two scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors within Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Williamsburg, and the southern part of Florence County. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to rising college freshman attending either Coastal Carolina University or Francis Marion University.

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.

Application packets were distributed to high school guidance counselors and included applicant eligibility requirements, an application form, and two letters of reference forms.

The application packet may also be downloaded HERE.

2014 KEY Scholarship Winners:


For the eighth year, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union, Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HTC) and 104.9 BOB FM chose two graduating high school seniors to win $1,000 each in scholarship awards.  High school seniors from Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Williamsburg, and the southern part of Florence County planning to attend either Coastal Carolina University or Francis Marion University were encouraged to apply.

The 2014 Key Scholarship award winners are: Carolina Forest High School graduate, Cailin Elizabeth Woodruff and Conway High School graduate, Abby L. Gooding.  Both Woodruff and Gooding plan to attend Francis Marion University and major in Nursing. 

“These exceptional students have juggled academics, part-time jobs and extracurricular or volunteer activities successfully,” explained Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator.

Each winner receives $1,000 applied to the cost of first-year tuition.  The scholarships may be renewed for an additional three years in the amount of $500 per year should the recipients continue to meet qualifying criteria, which include maintaining a 3.00 GPA and full-time enrollment at either CCU or FMU.

Application packets were distributed to high school guidance counselors and the scholarship opportunities were advertised on BOB FM and on all partners’ websites.  The 2014 award recipients were scored as most qualified for the KEY Scholarship based on completed application, academics, school and/or community involvement, household income, and school choice. 

­­These awards are well deserved, and we’re proud of all the applicants who are planning to continue their education in an effort to achieve personal and professional goals.

For more information, please contact Nicole Hyman at 843.369.8498 or Jennifer Grooms at 843.443.8530.

Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, TiAndra Wiggs, 104.9 BOB FM Marketing Consultant and Jennifer Grooms, Carolina Trust Marketing Director, present Cailin Woodruff with her first-year Key Scholarship check.

Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, TiAndra Wiggs, 104.9 BOB FM Marketing Consultant and Jennifer Grooms, Carolina Trust Marketing Director, present Abby Gooding with her first-year Key Scholarship check.

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