Pioneer Communications provides annual scholarships in memoriam of former General Manager Joseph B. Chilen and former Board President Earl B. Williams. Individual scholarships of up to $2,000 will be awarded to students from each school in our service area.

Open to: 2024 graduating high school seniors

Application Deadline: Deadline has passed, thank you to all who submitted.


Please note- IMPORTANT: Student’s parent or guardian must be a Pioneer Communications telephone, StreamTV or internet customer. Children of Pioneer Communications’ employees are not eligible for this scholarship.

If you have any other questions or need more information please contact:
Sheri King / Pioneer Communications
Tel: 620-356-7104
E-mail: sheri.king@pioncomm.net

Open to a high school student that is 15,16 or 17 years of age at the time of the tour, June 3-7, 2024. 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.

Online Application Deadline: Deadline has passed, thank you to all who submitted.

Click here for a short video about the 2024 FRS Youth Tour.

Click here for flyer about the 2024 FRS Youth Tour.

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
E-mail: sheri.king@pioncomm.net

Note: Local high schools in the Pioneer Communications service areas also have information available for the above scholarship programs. Feel free talk to your high school counselor for more information.

Pioneer Communications is excited to help you become part of our team! We are offering an Education Sponsorship Program at NCK Tech in Hays, Kansas for those interested in a career in the telecommunications industry. The best part is that we will cover your tuition, books, and housing for FREE!

How to begin?
Click on the link below for details about NCK Tech Telecommunications program and complete the sponsorship application. Pioneer Communications will review your application, interview select candidates, and choose one or more to be part of the program each year. Selected students must sign an agreement stating their intention to complete the 2-year NCK Tech program and earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Telecommunications. Candidates must also agree to summer internships with Pioneer Communications, as well as a minimum of a 3-year employment commitment following graduation.  
As an employee of Pioneer Communications, you will work alongside amazing professionals, receive great mentoring from our lead technicians, learn hands-on skills, and apply your knowledge immediately, and help positively impact customers experiences.

Bonus: Pioneer Communications will also provide a housing allowance to the right candidate who agrees to a 4-year employment commitment!

What an AMAZING opportunity!

Education Sponsorship Program Application
Deadline has passed, thank you to all who submitted.

Sponsors: Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) and Pioneer Communications

Application Submission:
The FRS Scholarship application must be completed online – APPLY HERE.

Application Deadline: Deadline has passed, thank you to all who submitted.

FRS annually awards scholarships to rural students for their first year of 2-year or 4-year college, or vocational school. All applicants require sponsorship by Pioneer Communications to be eligible. FRS has awarded over $1 million in scholarships since its inception, empowering rural students to advance their communities with invaluable skill sets and experiences.

The value of the scholarships ranges from $500-$7,000, based on a variety of criteria. One application qualifies a student for all available FRS scholarships.

For more information please contact:

Sheri King / Pioneer Communications
Tel: 620-356-7104
E-mail: sheri.king@pioncomm.net

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