Scholarship and Educational Support Programs

2018 Pioneer Communications Memorial Scholarship Program

  • The application deadline is February 16, 2018.
  • This scholarship program is available to graduating high school seniors in the Pioneer Communications service area.
  • Sponsored by Pioneer Communications in memoriam of former General Manager Joseph B. Chilen and former Board President Earl B. Williams.

Sponsor: Pioneer Communications

Awarding: Five individual scholarships of $1,500 to high school seniors in our service area. Plus 15 additional scholarships of $250 will be awarded to a student from each school in our service area.

Open to: Graduating high school seniors attending school in Pioneer Communications’ telephone, cable television and/or internet service areas.

Application: Download an application – You may also obtain an application from your area high school counselor’s office or at your nearest Pioneer Communications customer service location.

Application Deadline: Applications must be delivered no later than February 16, 2018.

Application Submission: Please deliver your completed application via postal mail or express courier, e-mail or fax, as follows:

By postal mail:
Pioneer Telephone Association, Inc.
Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 707
Ulysses, Kansas 67880

For more information please contact:

Lynda Caffey / Pioneer Communications
Tel: 620-356-3211, ext. 104
E-mail: lynda.caffey@pioncomm.net

2018 FRS Scholarship Program

  • The application deadline is February 16, 2018.
  • This scholarship program is available to graduating high school seniors in the Pioneer Communications service area.
  • Sponsored by the Foundation for Rural Service and Pioneer Communications.

Sponsors: NTCA ( National Telephone Cooperative Association) and Pioneer Communications

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 living in the Pioneer Communications telecommunications service area.

Application: Download an application – Application forms are also available from your area high school counselor’s office or your nearest Pioneer Communications customer service location.

Application Deadline: February 16, 2018

Application Submission: Completed applications must first be submitted to Pioneer Communications, at the address below, for review, acceptance and completion of the NTCA Member Sponsor certification. Pioneer Communications will then submit the completed application to the national FRS Scholarship Program Selection Committee.

By postal mail:
FRS Scholarship Program
Pioneer Communications
120 West Kansas Avenue
PO Box 707
Ulysses, Kansas 67880

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:

Lynda Caffey / Pioneer Communications
Tel: 620-356-3211, ext. 104
E-mail: lynda.caffey@pioncomm.net

Additional information about the FRS College Scholarship Program, is also available from the Foundation for Rural Service website.

2018 FRS Youth Tour

  • The application deadline is February 16, 2018.
  • This scholarship program is available to high school students that are 16 or 17 years of age at the time of the tour, (June 2nd – June 6th). If applicant turns 18 during the tour dates, they are ineligible for the Youth Tour. Student must live in a household receiving any of the following Pioneer Communications services: Telephone, Cable TV, or Internet.
  • Sponsored by Pioneer Communications.

2017 FRS  Youth Tour
Noah Ochsner – Tribune

2016 FRS  Youth Tour
Raul Leyva

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2015 FRS  Youth Tour
Chandler Huddleston

Sponsors: Pioneer Communications

Awarding: One participant a trip to Washington D.C.

Open to: High school student that is 16 or 17 years of age at the time of the tour, (June 2nd – June 6th). If applicant turns 18 during the tour dates, they are ineligible for the Youth Tour. Student must live in a household receiving any of the following Pioneer Communications services: Telephone, Cable TV, or Internet.

Application: Download an application – Application forms are also available from your area high school counselor’s office or your nearest Pioneer Communications customer service location.

Application Deadline: February 16, 2018

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

By postal mail:
FRS Youth Tour
Pioneer Communications
Attn: Lynda Caffey
P.O. Box 707
Ulysses, Kansas 67880

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:

Lynda Caffey / Pioneer Communications
Tel: 620-356-3211, ext. 104
E-mail: lynda.caffey@pioncomm.net

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

Additional Information

The following schools have information and materials on scholarships, you may contact your school counselor for more information.

  • Ulysses
  • Hugoton
  • Moscow
  • Satanta
  • Rolla
  • Johnson
  • Syracuse
  • Lakin
  • Deerfield
  • Holcomb
  • Leoti
  • Scott City
  • Sharon Springs
  • Sublette
  • Tribune

2017 Pioneer Communications Memorial Scholarship

Pioneer Communication salutes our 2017 Earl B. Williams and Joseph B. Chilen Memorial Scholarship recipients, with a total of $11,500 in academic awards to advance the education of youth in western Kansas.

Perla Moncayo – Ulysses – Scholarship award: $1,500
Kathryn Heger – Hugoton – Scholarship award: $1,500
Luis Martinez – Rolla- Scholarship award: $1,500
Aaron Elliott  – Holcomb – Scholarship award: $1,500
Bethany McCombs – Lakin – Scholarship award: $1,500
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Alexia Purdy – Deerfield – Scholarship award: $250
Kenzie Jones – Elkhart – Scholarship award: $250
Gracen Haar-Becker – Holcomb – Scholarship award: $250
Miguel Martinez-Camacho – Hugoton – Scholarship award: $250
Jesus Molina – Johnson – Scholarship award: $250
Kayla Calkins – Lakin – Scholarship award: $250
Addison Ridder – Leoti – Scholarship award: $250
Bryan Garcia – Moscow – Scholarship award: $250
Ty Dixon – Rolla – Scholarship award: $250
Melissa King – Satanta – Scholarship award: $250

Kylee Trout – Scott City – Scholarship award: $250
Cassidy Kriegh – Sharon Springs – Scholarship award: $250
Dylan Berg – Sublette – Scholarship award: $250
Raul Leyva – Syracuse – Scholarship award: $250
Haley Miller – Tribune – Scholarship award: $250
Sofia Salinast – Ulysses – Scholarship award: $250

2017 FRS Scholarship Recipients

Kylee Trout  – Scott City  – Scholarship award: $2500
Morgan Crockett  – Tribune  – Scholarship award: $2500

2017 FRS Youth Tour Trip Recipient

Noah Ochsner – Tribune
Scholarship award: Noah will have the opportunity to travel to the nation’s capital and learn about rural telecommunications. The tour provides a forum for teens to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities, as well as with key legislative, regulatory and government figures.

2016 Pioneer Communications Memorial Scholarship

Pioneer Communication salutes our 2016 Earl B. Williams and Joseph B. Chilen Memorial Scholarship recipients, with a total of $11,250 in academic awards to advance the education of youth in western Kansas.

Chandler Burrows – Rolla – Scholarship award: $1,500
Vance Thompson – Moscow – Scholarship award: $1,500
Parker Titus – Hugoton – Scholarship award: $1,500
Jenna Tammerine – Lakin – Scholarship award: $1,500
Jessica Hanson – Ulysses – Scholarship award: $1,500

Mark Persinger – Hugoton – Scholarship award: $250
Margaret Roth – Holcomb – Scholarship award: $250
Andrea Wagner – Satanta – Scholarship award: $250
Cassidy Hild – Tribune – Scholarship award: $250
Nicole Latta – Scott City – Scholarship award: $250
Hannah Horinek – Sublette – Scholarship award: $250
Madison Owens – Moscow – Scholarship award: $250
Mia Miranda – Johnson – Scholarship award: $250
Laura Geven – Syracuse – Scholarship award: $250
Zack Littell – Hugoton – Scholarship award: $250
Michelle McPherson – Lakin – Scholarship award: $250
Mercedez Showers – Deerfield – Scholarship award: $250
Leighlyn Blau – Leoti – Scholarship award: $250
Andrea Galindo – Ulysses – Scholarship award: $250
Kyri Brummett – Rolla – Scholarship award: $250

 

2016 PRIMO Scholarship Program

Jordan Longabaugh – Rainbow Communications
Faith Tuttle – Nex-Tech
Jessica Stieben – Golden Belt Telephone

2015 Pioneer Communications Memorial Scholarship

Pioneer Communication salutes our 2015 Earl B. Williams and Joseph B. Chilen Memorial Scholarship recipients, with a total of $9,000 in academic awards to advance the education of youth in western Kansas.

Jake Tackett – Deerfield – Scholarship award: $1,500
Ana Pena – Hugoton – Scholarship award: $1,500
Fredrick Mata Jr. – Sublette – Scholarship award: $1,500
Coleman Kirby – Rolla – Scholarship award: $1,500
Rebecca Krom – Ulysses – Scholarship award: $1,500
Kayden Webb – Deerfield – Scholarship award: $1,500

Sydney Brown – Scholarship award: $250
Preston Bashford – Scholarship award: $250
Nickolas Shironaka – Scholarship award: $250
Macy Davis – Scholarship award: $250
Lea Rupp – Scholarship award: $250
Eber Medina – Scholarship award: $250
Dexter English – Scholarship award: $250
Coraima Yanez – Scholarship award: $250
Christian Heger – Scholarship award: $250
Brock Brazeal – Scholarship award: $250
Aubrey Horton – Scholarship award: $250
Ashley Mongeau – Scholarship award: $250
Andrew Lower – Scholarship award: $250
Adanari Lopez de Luna – Scholarship award: $250

2015 Pioneer Communications FRS Youth Tour Scholarship

Chandler Huddleston – Rolla
Scholarship award: Chandler will have the opportunity to travel to the nation’s capital and learn about rural telecommunications. The tour provides a forum for teens to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities, as well as with key legislative, regulatory and government figures.

2015 PRIMO Scholarship Program

Wade Niermeier – Nex-Tech
Kaitlyn Dinges – Golden Belt Telephone
Carley Hockett – Pioneer Communications
Colton Droge – Home Communications Inc.
Kwinter Hartshorn – Golden Belt Telephone

Scholarship award: Each of the five individuals listed above will receive a $500.00 Scholarship.

2014 Pioneer Communications Memorial Scholarship

Pioneer Communication salutes our 2014 Earl B. Williams and Joseph B. Chilen Memorial Scholarship recipients, with a total of $9,000 in academic awards to advance the education of youth in western Kansas.

Angel A. Molina – Johnson
Scholarship award: $1,500

Mathew J. Pearson – Moscow
Scholarship award: $1,500

Pablo Garcia – Lakin
Scholarship award: $1,500

Adam Scott – Hugoton
Scholarship award: $1,500

Kelsey Quillen – Hugoton
Scholarship award: $1,500

Austin Cantrell – Ulysses
Scholarship award: $1,500

2014 Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED) Scholarship

Karly Clinesmith – Rolla
Scholarship award: $1,000