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

Nearly 40 rural high school students recognized

For Immediate Release
Contact: Hillary Crowder,, 703-351-2086

Arlington, Va., (May 1, 2014) – The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) announced today that it has awarded $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 of Mayfield, Ky., and four scholarships were funded by Manny and Leo Staurulakis of JSI in honor of their parents, John and Chresanthe Staurulakis.

“Students are a driving force for the future of their rural communities. We hope the scholarships will make a significant impact on the students,” said FRS Executive Director Elizabeth Crocker. “FRS and our rural telecom partners are very proud to continue our support for higher education among rural youth.”

A full list of scholarship winners is available online.


The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with 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