Wilson Communications is proud to offer scholarships to the youth of our communities! The selected student(s) will be awarded one $500 scholarships. We also sponsor applicants to other scholarships offered by the Telecommunications Industry. If you live in our service area and will be graduating High School this year, fill out the application below to apply for any of the scholarships you are interested in.

Wilson Communications Scholarship

Each year, Wilson Communications offers scholarship opportunities to the students in our exchanges. Over the past 30 years, we have awarded $120,000 scholarship to the students in our area. The selected student(s) will be awarded a scholarship in the amount of $500 ($250 per semester).

2019 Applications will be available in January 2019

Foundation for Rural Service

FRS, in cooperation with NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life throughout rural America by advancing an understanding of rural telecommunications issues. Through its various programs and initiatives, FRS strongly supports the continuing education of rural youth.

FRS Scholarship - FRS will fund $2,000 of each scholarship with Wilson Communications providing an additional $500 donation if a sponsored applicant is chosen. It should be noted that preference will be given to individuals expressing an interest to return to work in a rural area following graduation.

FRS Staurulakis Family Scholarship - Four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded, with a preference to students who are majoring in math, science, engineering or medicine fields.

TMS Scholarship - Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to students.

Everette Kneece Return to Rural America Scholarship - This scholarship awards $2,500 to an outstanding student and shows the desire to return to live, work, and contribute to a rural community.

The Colt Ford Scholarship - Awards up to$15,000 to rural students.

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Deadline: Return to Wilson Communications by February 25, 2019 for Sponsor Certification.

FRS Grant Program

FRS Grant Program provides annual grants that range from $250 to $5,000 for communities served by NTCA members. The goal of this program is to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Grants will be concentrated in four major areas:

  • Business Development
  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Telecommunications

FRS grants will allow rural communities to take that first step towards a project or plan that can help better the lives of those around them - whether it is smart boards in schools, a Main Street beautification project, better agricultural equipment for farms, start-up money for young entrepreneurs, or basic computer classes. These funds help rural Americans invest in their communities in meaningful ways.

2019 Grant Applications will be available in April 2019.

FRS Rural Youth App Challenge

Students will develop a concept for a mobile app that addresses a problem or improves a process in their rural community or in rural America at large. The challenge will be concept-based only and will be judged based on presentation and rigor of research. The concept must be possible and not already exist (but may be similar). Students enrolled in grades 7 through 12 are eligible and the teams must be composed of one to five students, all within eligible grade range, and with at least one member must live in an area served by Wilson Communications.  The winning team will be eligible for up to $1000 in gift cards and Codeacademy scholarships.

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Deadline:  Return to Wilson Communications by February 18, 2019 for sponsor certification. We will forward the completed application form only to FRS on your behalf. We will NOT submit any visuals/video, make sure those are submitted prior to submitting the application form for certification.