Foundation for Rural Service Awards College Scholarships to Students in Rural Communities

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Withers,, 703-351-2086
             Wendy Mann,, 703-351-2087

More than 30 rural high school students in 20 states awarded

Arlington, Va., (May 6, 2013) – The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) announced today it has awarded an unprecedented $98,000 in college scholarships to 36 high school seniors in rural communities served by members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.

The FRS College Scholarship Program awards one-time 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. Two scholarships were funded by Telecom Management Services (TMS) of McMinnville, Tenn., and four scholarships were funded by Manny and Leo Staurulakis of John Staurulakis Inc. in honor of their parents, John and Chresanthe Staurulakis, and to celebrate 50 years of service to the rural telecommunications industry.

“FRS and our rural telecom partners are very proud to continue our support for higher education among rural youth,” said FRS Executive Director Elizabeth Crocker. “We hope the scholarships will make a significant impact on the students’ education and will motivate them to make a difference in their rural communities.”

The following students received scholarships:

$5,000 Staurulakis Family Scholarship

Aimee Calmes
Nominated by Cameron Telephone Co. (Sulphur, La.)

Sara Williams
Nominated by Skyline Membership Corp. (West Jefferson, N.C.)

Blakely Goans
Nominated by Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corp. (Gainesboro, Tenn.)

Jacob Pinson
Nominated by West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative (Abbeville, S.C.)

$2,500 FRS College Scholarship

Austin Somers
Atlantic Telephone Membership Corp. (Shallotte, N.C.)

Monica Miller
Skyline Membership Corp. (West Jefferson, N.C.)

Hayley Ragland
Skyline Membership Corp. (West Jefferson, N.C.)

Courtney Kramer
Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (Walterboro, S.C.)

Patrick Grant
Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (Rainsville, Ala.)

William (Kyle) Nash
Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (Rainsville, Ala.)

Brady King
Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corp. (Gainesboro, Tenn.)

Aubrey Rieger
The Ottoville Mutual Telephone Co. (Ottoville, Ohio)

Maggie Hougland
Citizens Mutual Telephone Cooperative (Bloomfield, Iowa)

Tayler Farrington
Citizens Telephone Cooperative (New Auburn, Wis.)

Taylor Brooks
Woodhull Telephone Co. (Woodhull, Ill.)

Andi Lefor
Consolidated Telcom (Dickinson, N.D.)

Amy Smith
Dakota Central Telecommunications (Carrington, N.D.)

Nolan Alber
Dickey Rural Telephone Cooperative (Ellendale, N.D.)

Michalea Derby
Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative (Clear Lake, S.D.)

Megan Wiens
Paul Bunyan Communications (Bemidji, Minn.)

Teri Heidelberger
West River Telecommunications Cooperative (Hazen, N.D.)

Cierra Randall
Peoples Telecommunications (La Cygne, Kan.)

Luis Mendoza
Plains Cooperative Telephone Association (Joes, Colo.)

Chelsea Orth
Plains Cooperative Telephone Association (Joes, Colo.)

April Coale
Grand River Mutual Telephone Corp. (Princeton, Mo.)

Elizabeth Rounkles
Green Hills Telephone Corp. (Breckenridge, Mo.)

Caitlyn Harrison
Mark Twain Rural Telephone Co. (Hurdland, Mo.)

Tucker Shea
3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative (Fairfield, Mont.)

Kenyon Wright
Matanuska Telephone Association (Palmer, Alaska)

Lindsey Christensen
Silver Star Communications (Freedom, Wyo.)

Kendy Deaton
Cap Rock Telephone Cooperative (Spur, Texas)

Justin Long
South Plains Telephone Cooperative (Lubbock, Texas)

Cassidy Horn
XIT Rural Telephone Cooperative (Dalhart, Texas)

Jesse Hart
First National Bank of Tom Bean (Tom Bean, Texas)

$1,500 TMS Scholarship

Shelby Beloate
Nominated by TMS (McMinnville, Tenn.)

Shane Bruggeman
Nominated by Wabash Mutual Telephone Co. (Celina, Ohio)


The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with the NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association and its members, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life throughout rural America by advancing an understanding of rural telecommunications issues. FRS is committed to educational achievement in rural communities, recognizing that tomorrow's economic and civic development depends on the involvement and commitment of today's youth. Visit us at

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at