National scholarships available through SkyLine/SkyBest | Community


WEST JEFFERSON — Area high school students whose parents are telecommunications customers of SkyLine Membership Corporation and SkyBest Communications can apply for national scholarships available through the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS).

In 2022, the FRS will award one-year scholarships in each geographic member region of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association (including SkyLine/SkyBest service area) to high school seniors whose families are served by NTCA member organizations. This year, 30 one-time FRS scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded, with FRS funding $2,000 of each scholarship, with the local co-op sponsoring each winning student providing a matching $500.

Additional scholarships worth $500 to $5,000 to be awarded under this program include the following:

  • Staurulakis Family Scholarships. Students majoring in math, science, engineering, or medicine will be given preference.
  • TMS Scholarships.
  • Everett Kneece Return Fellowship in Rural America.
  • Roger Alan Cox Memorial Scholarships
  • Sarah Tyree Good Neighbor Scholarship
  • Herbert and Isabel Bitz Memorial Scholarship

According to the FRS, more than two-thirds of rural Americans with post-secondary degrees never return to their rural communities. This program therefore gives special importance to students who plan to return to their community after university. FRS has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships since its inception, enabling rural students across the country to advance their communities with invaluable skills and experiences.

Other key eligibility requirements for this scholarship are as follows:

  • Applicants must be children of SkyLine members or SkyBest customers subscribing to either company’s telephone or broadband services.
  • Applicants must have graduated from high school this year and reside full-time with their parent(s) in the company’s service area.
  • Applicants must have at least a “C” cumulative grade point average (GPA). FRS scholarships will be awarded to deserving students whose academic credentials are in the average to above average range.
  • Applicants must be accepted into an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school.
  • Applicants must express interest in returning to a rural community after graduation and be sponsored by SkyLine.

Visit Where for complete instructions on how to create an account and for all necessary materials required. The application window for online applications closes on Friday 25 February. If you have additional questions about the FRS Fellowship, please contact Karen Powell at SkyLine Headquarters at 1 (800) 759-2226.

About SkyLine and SkyBest

SkyLine Membership Corporation has a long history of bringing advanced telecommunications services to Northwestern North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee since its formation as a member-owned telephone cooperative over 70 years ago. . Recognized for its Gig-enabled fiber network as one of the largest and most progressive rural telecommunications companies in the United States, SkyLine and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SkyBest Communications, provide advanced communications and technology solutions on an expanding network in northwestern North Carolina and eastern/middle Tennessee Companies specifically provide symmetrical Gig and bundled broadband services (voice, Internet, digital TV), enterprise communications, solutions network and hosting, business phone systems, monitored security and surveillance services.

SkyLine and SkyBest continue their efforts to expand the delivery of fiber technology to underserved areas, engage in collaboration to advance the telecommuting economy, and contribute meaningfully to communities through their service footprint.

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, seeks to maintain and improve the quality of life in America by advancing the understanding of rural issues. Through its various programs and initiatives, FRS strongly supports the continuing education of young rural people.


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