The Foundation for Rural Service Awards Grants for Educational Advancements in Rural Communities

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

Arlington, Va. (December 8, 2014)—The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) named the winners of its 2014 grants for efforts focused on educational advancements that benefit rural communities. The winning projects are endorsed by rural and small-town telecommunications providers that are members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.

Rover Mobile Arts Center
Submitted by McLean County Arts Center
Endorsed by Gridley Telephone Co. (Gridley, Ill.)

Computer Class GED Program
Submitted by Central Texas Opportunities, Inc.
Endorsed by Coleman County Telephone Cooperative (Santa Anna, Texas)

Video Conferencing for Long-Distance Learning Program
Submitted by Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance
Endorsed by South Canaan Telephone Co. (South Canaan, Pa.)

AWE Early Literacy Workstation
Submitted by Morgan County Public Library
Endorsed by Endeavor Communications (Cloverdale, Ind.)

LeapFrog Tablet Early Learning Station
Submitted by Lenora Public Library
Endorsed by Nex-Tech (Lenora, Kan.)

“The foundation is thrilled to award these grants to organizations that demonstrate both the need for their programs and the impact of access to technology for early learning, GED programs, long-distance learning and arts education in their communities,” said Elizabeth Crocker, executive director of FRS. “We congratulate the collaborative work that all of our Grant Program applicants do for the welfare of their communities.”

FRS awards grants annually to local efforts that embody the foundation’s mission to enhance the quality of life in rural America and help rural communities grow and thrive.

More information about the FRS Grant Program and the 2014 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