Foundation for Rural Service Grants Enable Telemedicine, Distance Learning, Economic Development in Rural Communities

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

Arlington, Va. (December 1, 2015)The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) named the winners of its 2015 grants for efforts focused on telemedicine, distance education and economic development opportunities that benefit rural communities. The winning projects are endorsed by community-based telecommunications companies that are members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.

Telemedicine technology to assist trauma and stroke patients
Submitted by Graham County Hospital
Endorsed by Nex-Tech (Lenora, Kan.)

Technology for high school students to work on projects benefitting community development
Submitted by Horton Community Enhancement Organization
Endorsed by Rainbow Communications (Everest, Kan.)

Technology that will allow efforts to work with families in poverty
Submitted by Circles of McPherson County
Endorsed by Mutual Telephone Co. (Little River, Kan.)

Technology for telemedicine and mental health care 
Submitted by Trego County-Lemke Memorial
Endorsed by Nex-Tech (Lenora, Kan.)

“The Foundation for Rural Service is proud to award these grants to organizations helping to enable telemedicine, distance education and economic development opportunities in their communities,” said Jessica Golden, executive director of FRS. “Broadband plays an empowering role in today’s society, and these grant recipients have demonstrated both the need for their programs and the impact that access to technology will have on their community.”

FRS awards grants annually to local efforts embodying the foundation’s mission to enhance the quality and sustainability of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. The grants are made possible by the generous sponsorships of Bennet & Bennet, PLLC and Ericsson Inc.

More information about the FRS Grant Program and the 2015 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