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Category: Grants and Scholarships (page 1 of 5)

Don’t Miss Our Scholarship Deadline!

As the kids head into the second semester of school, the thought of graduation planning quickly becomes a reality. Continuing on after high school will bring new experiences, exciting information and also expenses. No matter if it is a big university or a two year program at a tech school, the price of college continues to rise. Great Plains Communications wants to help with the burden of those glaring numbers by offering scholarships.

The February 1, 2017 application deadline is rapidly approaching. Don’t miss out on this financial opportunity. You can find more information and a full listing of our scholarships on our web page or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483. The deadline will be here before you know it, so be sure to get your application in soon.

If you have received a scholarship from Great Plains Communications and are currently in school, we would love to hear from you! Let us know how it made a difference in the comment section on our Facebook page.

Outstanding Teacher Award Winner!

Great Plains Communications is proud to announce the winner of our 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award as Dawn Friedrich, of Wausa Public Schools! As a surprise to her, the presentation was on April 27 at the school, as Great Plains Communications District Manager, Doug Ptacnik and Broadband Technician, Michael Nipp presented her with a trophy and check for $5,000.

Friedrich has been a teacher for 29 years, with 19 of those being at Wausa Public Schools. She is involved in her community, professional education associations and has won numerous awards in her area of teaching. “Dawn is a leader in the classroom as well as within the faculty and community,“ said Superintendent, Robert Marks. “She runs one of the most successful FBLA programs in the State of Nebraska, winning awards at the student level as well as the chapter level year after year. It is hard to sum up in one page Mrs. Friedrich’s involvement in Business Education, her professional activities and her involvement in the community.”

This award is part of the Great Plains Communications “Commitment to our Schools” program which provides nearly $35,000 annually to schools and students in the form of grants and scholarships. We are excited to get to help schools across Nebraska and are honored to recognize the exceptional teachers we have. Help us in congratulating Dawn Friedrich for receiving the Outstanding Teacher Award!

Don’t Miss the Scholarship Deadline!

Christmas vacation came to an end and seniors have started the countdown to graduation as it slowly comes into focus. Time is ticking down not only on their secondary education but on the opportunity to apply for the Great Plains Communications scholarships. Continuing education will bring new experiences, exciting information and higher expenses. No matter if it is a big university or a two year program at a tech school, the price of college continues to rise. Great Plains Communications wants to help with the burden of those glaring numbers by offering scholarships to young people of the Nebraska communities we are proud to serve.

Don’t miss out on the chance to see yourself or your student succeed. Find more information and a full listing of our scholarship opportunities at https://www.gpcom.com/about/scholarships or call the Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483. The deadline will be here in less than a month, so be sure to get your application in.

If you have received a scholarship from Great Plains Communications we would love to hear from you! Let us know how it made a difference in the comment section on our Facebook page.

Start Thinking About Scholarships!

Graduation may seem like a far off dream, but it is never too early to start preparing for the big step into higher education. Continuing on after high school will bring new experiences, exciting information and expenses. No matter if it is a big university or a two year program at a tech school, the price of college continues to rise. Great Plains Communications wants to help with the burden of those glaring numbers by offering scholarships. Our scholarship program has allowed students to attend schools across the state, majoring in agriculture, law, engineering and much more.

Don’t miss out on the chance to see yourself or your student succeed. Find more information and a full listing of our scholarships on our web page or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483. The deadlines will be here before we know it, so be sure to get your application in.

If you have received a scholarship from Great Plains Communications and are currently in school, we would love to hear from you! Let us know how it made a difference in the comment section on our Facebook page.

Congratulations 2015 Grant Recipients

Each year, Great Plains Communications is proud and honored for the chance to support our communities through our “Commitment to our Schools” program. This year we were able to present five grants totaling over $20,000. We would like to take this time to again congratulate all of our 2015 grant recipients:

–          Callaway Public Schools – $5,000 Grant

The school plans to use the money towards purchasing equipment for what they call “The Cube” broadcasting system. “The Cube” system will be used to broadcast programs and events throughout different areas of Callaway High School.

–          Chadron Intermediate School – $5,000 Grant

The school plans to use the money toward their long time plans of purchasing a 3D printer.

–          Hayes Center High School – Ann Fornoff  – $4,000 Grant

As a surprise to Ann Fornoff, she was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Throughout her career, Fornoff has shown tireless dedication as an English teacher, advisor, mentor and advocate for students of Hayes Center High School. She believes in going above and beyond for her students, offering extra help and advice to help them succeed.

–           Spalding Academy – $5,000 Grant

The school plans to use the money toward integrating Science and Math with Technology for their students, to enhance the STEM curriculum. By purchasing sensors, Chromebooks, usb links, software program site licenses and miscellaneous supplies for student training and challenges, they believe this grant will help them reach their goal.

–          Niobrara Public Schools – $4,700 Grant

The school plans to use the money toward their “Project IF”, which is their plan in looking for ways to have their students learn through an “individual format” and receive “immediate feedback” on skills in the area of mathematics. With the grant, the schools will be able to purchase two 10-packs of iPad minis 16GB with Wi-Fi. This purchase will give the students and staff a huge step forward in reaching their goals through “Project IF”.

 

Help us in congratulating our 2015 grant recipients!

Check Out Our Grants and Scholarships!

May will be here before we know it, which means graduation for another eager group of high school seniors. Continuing their education will bring new experiences, exciting information and expenses. No matter if they go to a big University or a two year program at a Tech School, the price of college continues to rise. Great Plains Communications wants to help with the burden of those glaring numbers by offering some Grants and Scholarships. Our scholarship program has allowed students to attend schools across the state, majoring in agriculture, law, engineering and much more.

Don’t miss out on the chance to see yourself, your student or your school succeed. Find more information and a full listing of our Grants and Scholarships on our web page or call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483. The deadlines are coming up quick, so be sure to get your application in.

If you have received a scholarship from Great Plains Communications and are currently in school, we would love to hear from you! If your school has received a grant, let us know how it made a difference in the comment section below.

Grant Spotlight: Southwest Public School

It’s our final grant spotlight of 2014! We’re proud to feature Southwest Public School, which earned a $5,000 grant to help students learn valuable entrepreneurial skills.

The grant will help the school to purchase a PlasmaCAM cutting system.  The school will use the new equipment to convert its metal shop classes into a student-run business capable of creating professional quality metal products.  The new program will provide students the chance to learn management, accounting, manufacturing and distribution skills in a real-world setting.

Entrepreneurship is on the rise, particularly in rural America thanks to advances in Internet access and other technology.  This is the third student-run business that we have funded with our grant program.  Other student-run businesses that have received support from us include the Arnold School House Graphics Program.

Grant Spotlight: Bancroft-Rosalie Schools

We’re featuring another grant winner, Bancroft-Rosalie School who received $5,000 for a new engineering program.

The grant will allow the school to provide an Introduction to Engineering class as part of its focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) coursework.  This class will teach students skills including sketching and visualization, project modeling, and production.  STEM courses are vitally important in preparing students for jobs in the new economy.

The funds will help the school purchase a 3-D printer, 3-D scanner, a rotary tool kit, CO2 car kits, and machining kits.  3-D printing is revolutionizing many industries including manufacturing and medical technology.

This grant is part of its “Commitment to Our Schools” program.  The program has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to schools for a wide range of projects including aquaponics labs, student-run businesses, and theater renovations.  We are so proud of all of our grant winners and can’t wait to see what Bancroft-Rosalie creates!

Meet Our Teacher of the Year!

Educator Marla Prusa is the newest recipient of our prestigious Teacher of the Year award.

Prusa is a teacher at Howells-Dodge Consolidated Schools.  She has been in the education field for more than 30 years.  She is a member of countless organizations including Nebraska State Business Association and the Family and Consumer Science Teachers of Nebraska Association.

This oft awarded teacher has been recognized as the Nebraska Home Economics Teacher of the Year an impressive 5 times.  She has also accepted the FCCLA Master Advisor Award and the National Home Baking Association Educator Award.

At school, she serves as the Senior Year sponsor, the yearbook advisor, and she runs the clock at the school’s sporting events.  She is part of the schools crisis team and works on the AdvanceEd Team.  Outside of school, she is a member of the American Legion , the 4-H Club, and the Council of Catholic Women.

Pursa was honored at an all-school assembly.  We have honored excellent educators for more than a decade as part of its “Commitment to Our Schools” program, which provides thousands of dollars to support schools in its communities each year.

Grant Spotlight: St. Boniface

Meet another one of our amazing grant winners. St. Boniface has received $4,750 for a new iPad mini lab to help better customize student learning.

The grant will help the school to purchase 20 iPad minis, cases and a mobile iPad mini charger. The school will use the iPads to develop students’ artistic skills including editing video and audio, crafting digital stories, and altering images.  The iPads will also assist with reading comprehension, conducting research, and listening to audio books.  If you are looking for some great apps for your own tablet, here are 15  iPad apps that can help with student creativity.

This was one of four Great Plains Communications’ grants provided as part of its “Commitment to Our Schools” program.  Don’t forget to start thinking about your school’s great idea for next year!

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