Wilson Communications is proud to offer scholarships to the youth of our communities! The selected student(s) will be awarded one $500 scholarships. We also sponsor applicants to other scholarships offered by the Telecommunications Industry. If you live in our service area and will be graduating High School this year, fill out the application below to apply for any of the scholarships you are interested in.

Wilson Communications Scholarship

Since its inception in 1984, the Wilson Communications’ Scholarship Program has awarded over $143,000.00 in scholarship opportunities to students in our service area. We strongly believe that our youth are the future for our rural communities, and we are honored to offer these opportunities to them.

Deadline: Applications will be available in January 2022.

Foundation for Rural Service

FRS, in cooperation with NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life throughout rural America by advancing an understanding of rural telecommunications issues. Through its various programs and initiatives, FRS strongly supports the continuing education of rural youth.

FRS Scholarship - FRS will fund $2,000 of each scholarship with Wilson Communications providing an additional $500 donation if a sponsored applicant is chosen. It should be noted that preference will be given to individuals expressing an interest to return to work in a rural area following graduation.

FRS Staurulakis Family Scholarship - Four $5,000 scholarships will be awarded, with a preference to students who are majoring in math, science, engineering or medicine fields.

TMS Scholarship - Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to students.

Everette Kneece Return to Rural America Scholarship - This scholarship awards $2,500 to an outstanding student and shows the desire to return to live, work, and contribute to a rural community.

The Colt Ford Scholarship - Awards up to $15,000 to rural students.

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Deadline: Applications must be turned in before February 25, 2022.

FRS Grant Program

As part of the Foundation for Rural Service’s ongoing commitment to rural communities across the country, FRS is offering aid for communities served by NTCA members, like Wilson Communications, through its annual Community Grants Program. These grants are designed to provide support to a variety of local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. The grants support a variety of projects concentrated in the four major categories listed below. You may also visit the FRS website to see examples of previous awarded projects, many of them in Kansas!

  • Business and Economic Development – Devise a plan to turn your community into a global phenomenon by growing small or existing businesses, developing new ones and implementing a job creation program that attracts key talent from your community or from skilled individuals interested in relocating to small town America.
  • Community Development – Develop an outreach program that helps to promote advancing technology skills of your community members, incorporates innovation into learning, raises the visibility of your community’s talent and artistry, and places your town on everyone’s bucket list as the place to visit.
  • Education - Support advances in education by helping your schools get technology (computers, smart boards, etc.) in the classroom, build resources for curriculum development, strengthen extracurricular activities and programs, and promote distance learning programs.
  • Telecommunications Applications - Show how you plan to turn your community into a technological powerhouse by promoting the implementation and use of broadband-enabled applications for telehealth, education, government services, safety and security, and efficient energy distribution and use.