Scholarship and Educational Support Program

Academic Scholarships
2023 Pioneer Communications Memorial Scholarship Program

Sponsor: Pioneer Communications in memoriam of former General Manager Joseph B. Chilen and former Board President Earl B. Williams.

Awarding: Five individual scholarships of up to $2,000 to high school seniors in our service area. Plus additional scholarships of $500 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, StreamTV and/or internet service areas.

Application: Download Application here

Application Submission: Deadline February 28, 2023. 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

By E-mail:

If you have any other questions or need more information please contact:
Sheri King / Pioneer Communications
Tel: 620-356-7104

2023 FRS Scholarship Program

Sponsors: NTCA - The Rural Broadband 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 Submission:
READ CAREFULLY – The FRS Scholarship application must be completed online. Registration begins 10/31/2022.

All applicants must first create an NTCA account, when you get to the part that says  “Employer Search” enter Pioneer Communications, Ulysses, KS.  This shows the FRS Scholarship Committee that Pioneer Communications is the Company Sponsor for your application.

After you have created your NTCA account you will need to fill out the Scholarship Application:

Application Deadline: Deadline will be posted soon

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:

Sheri King / Pioneer Communications
Tel: 620-356-7104

2023 FRS Youth Tour

Sponsors: Pioneer Communications

Awarding: One participant a trip to Washington D.C. - Winner listed below

Open to: High school student that is 16 or 17 years of age at the time of the tour, May 31 - June 4, 2023. 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, StreamTV, or Internet.

Application Deadline: Deadline will be posted soon

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: Sheri King
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:

Sheri King / Pioneer Communications
Tel: 620-356-7104

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

Schools with Scholarship 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

2022 Scholarship Winners

2022 Pioneer Communications Memorial Scholarship

Pioneer Communication salutes our 2022 Earl B. Williams and Joseph B. Chilen Memorial Scholarship recipients, with academic awards to advance the education of youth in western Kansas.

  • Ulysses - Brennan Vagher - $2000

  • Ulysses - McCrea Becker - $2000

  • Hugoton - Cade Mecklenburg - $2000

  • Lakin - Kyle Hartman - $2000

  • Satanta - Alba Mari Najera - $2000

  • Deerfield - Ally Brennaman - $500

  • Holcomb - Kyrah Lozano - $500

  • Hugoton - Olivia Flores - $500

  • Hugoton - Ella Martin - $500

  • Johnson - Christina Corrales - $500

  • Lakin - Shaylee Green - $500

  • Leoti - Alyha Heredia - $500

  • Hugoton - Elizabeth Erives - $500

  • Satanta - Esperanza Hernandez - $500

  • Satanta - Ashley Kennedy - $500

  • Scott City - Madison Westergard - $500

  • Sharon Springs - Jake Willems - $500

  • Sublette - Jasmine Splechter - $500

  • Syracuse - Arely Reyes - $500

  • Tribune - Grace Whitham - $500


  • Satanta - Kara Kunselman