HIGHLAND TELEPHONE TO AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS AGAIN FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR!

The Highland Telephone Cooperative, Inc., (HTC) Board of Directors is proud to announce its plans to award scholarships to area high-school seniors again for the fifteenth consecutive year.

HTC initiated a scholarship program in 2001 awarding a $1,000 scholarship per Board Director to a high-school senior in that Director’s electorate. Any high-school senior with post-secondary education plans may enter and any post-secondary institution meets the requirements of the scholarship endowment. (Relatives of Highland Telephone Cooperative employees and Highland Telephone Cooperative Directors or relatives of Highland Communications Corporation employees and Highland Communications Corporation Directors are not eligible to enter.) A total of 11 scholarships are available to seniors throughout the Highland Telephone territory, including McCreary, Scott, Morgan, Campbell and Anderson counties.

Entrants are judged on a typed, 500-word essay on the topic of Technology for Telecommunications. Impartial judges from local schools serve as judges. The essays are judged by a teacher outside the said Director’s county of residence and are rotated throughout and between schools each year. Recipients of the scholarship must present proof of enrollment and incurred fees at the post-secondary institution of their choice in order to receive the funds.

The guidelines are as follows for the 2016-2017 school year, and students may begin submitting their essays anytime.

  1. One (1) scholarship per Board Director in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded this year to a high school senior in that Director’s electorate.
  2. Any high school senior with post-secondary education plans may enter, as long as they have service with Highland Telephone, regardless of the school they attend. Relatives of employees and HTC Directors and relatives of HCC employees and HCC Directors are not eligible to enter.*
  3. Any post-secondary education institution meets the requirements of the scholarship endowment.
  4. Entrants will submit for judging a 500-word, double-spaced essay on the topic of Technology for Telecommunications.
  5. Judging will be conducted by an impartial judge (teacher) from a school outside the said Director’s county of residence.  Judges will be rotated throughout the school and between schools each year.  Judges should not be acquainted with the students’ whom essays they are judging.  Schools of the judges will receive a $500 contribution to be spent as the school deems appropriate.
  6. Recipients of the scholarship must present proof of enrollment and paid receipts of eligible incurred fees at the post-secondary institution of their choice in order to receive the scholarship. For liability reasons, funds will not be paid to the institution or any person or organization other than the recipient.  The money must be used within one year of the award.
  7. All essays for entry must be received at the Sunbright office by 5 p.m. March 17, 2017.
  8. Recipients will be awarded the scholarship by April 15 each year, with the Manager of Highland Telephone making the presentation to the recipient(s).
  9. HTC reserves the right to change rules as necessary.  All decisions are final.

Remember, you must have your essay at the Sunbright Office no later than 5 p.m. on March 17, 2017.

* Relatives of employees and HTC/HCC/HMC Directors’ include spouse, brother, sister, parents, children, stepchildren, father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, niece, nephew, grandparents, spouse’s grandparents, aunts, or uncles.

2016 Scholarship Winners

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Front row: From left, Amazing Grace Bradley (McCreary Central High School), Kelsi Walters (Coalfield High School), Chelsea Smith (Sunbright High School).  

Back Row: Caroline Cotton (Oneida High School), Codey Phillips (McCreary Central High School), Nathaniel Thorne (Wartburg Central High School), Chloe Newport (Scott High School), Megan Yancey (Scott High School). Not pictured: Jenna Bridges (Oneida High School), Macayla Davidson (Oakdale High School).