2021 GBT Scholarships

2021 FRS Scholarship Program 

Sponsors: NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and GBT

Awarding: There are 30, $2,500 scholarships available nationally. Four $5,000 FRS Staurulakis Family Scholarships will be awarded to students majoring in math, science, engineering or medicine will be given preference. Two $1,500 TMS scholarships will be awarded. One $7,000 Everett Kneece Return to Rural America Scholarship will be awarded. Three $500 Roger Alan Cox Memorial Scholarships will be awarded. Open to: High school seniors receiving GBT services (Nex-Tech Wireless does not qualify).

Application Submission:
READ CAREFULLY – The FRS Scholarship application must be completed online.

All applicants must first create an NTCA account, when you get to the part that says  “Employer Search” enter Golden Belt Telephone, Rush Center, KS.  This shows the FRS Scholarship Committee that GBT is the Company Sponsor for your application.

After you have created your NTCA account you will need to fill out the Scholarship Application:
Click here for the 2021 application

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted starting January 1, 2021, deadline March 5th, 2021.

Focus of the scholarship: FRS was founded in 1994 to help strengthen the ties between rural communities and their families and businesses. Since its establishment by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, FRS has worked hard to promote, educate and advocate rural telecommunications issues to the public in order to sustain and enhance the rural way of life throughout America. Besides being heavily involved in youth education and empowerment, the Foundation for Rural Service leads aggressive public information campaigns and assists rural areas with economic and community development projects.

For more information please contact:

Kelly Baalmann / GBT
Tel: 785-372-4236

2021 FRS Youth Tour

Sponsors: GBT

Awarding: UPDATE 2/22/21 – Due to COVID-19 the trip has been cancelled. GBT will now be offering Two $1250 Scholarships in lieu of the trip, same application applies. This will be open to Juniors & Seniors.

Open to: High school student Junior or Senior. Student must live in a household receiving any of the following GBT services: Home Telephone, StreamIT TV, or Internet.

Application: Click here for a 2021 application – Application forms are also available from your area high school counselor’s office or your nearest GBT store location.

Application Deadline: March 10, 2021

Application Submission: Completed applications must be submitted to GBT, at the address below for review and consideration.

Please note: If the trip should be cancelled due to Covid-19, GBT will be offering Two – $1250 Scholarships in lieu of the trip. 

By postal mail:
FRS Youth Tour
Attn: Marketing
103 Lincoln
Rush Center, Kansas 67575

Focus of the Youth Tour:

Offers rural students an inside look at the telecommunications industry.
Educates students about the legislative and governmental process.
Gives students the opportunity to experience the nation’s capital.
Allows students to meet other youth from rural communities across the country and to form friendships that last a lifetime.

For more information please contact:

Kelly Baalmann / GBT
Tel: 785-372-4236

Note: Local area high schools in the GBT service areas also have information and application materials available for the above scholarship programs. Please contact your local GBT office or your local High School Counselor for more information.

The James L. Bass Legal Scholarship (NEW) 

With an active law career that spanned more than 70 years, James Bass helped secure funds for rural telephone systems to bring modern telephone service to rural areas. He was pivotal in the creation of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, where he served as one of the organization’s earliest Presidents. Mr. Bass continued his leadership with service for more than 50 years as legal counsel, guiding NTCA through many challenges and opportunities.

Recognizing Mr. Bass’s impact to the industry and his passion for the legal profession, the NTCA Board established a scholarship for students entering their first year of law school and who have an interest in rural communities. The first James L. Bass Legal Scholarship will be awarded in Spring 2021 and be at least $5,000.

The Application Deadline is April 16, 2021.

Click Here for the Application 

Once complete submit application here


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