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Don’t Miss Out on These Scholarship Opportunities!

The deadline is quickly approaching for the Great Plains Communications Scholarship and Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Scholarship. No matter if it is a big university or a two-year program at a tech school, college is expensive. Great Plains Communications wants to help with the burden of those glaring costs. Our scholarship program has allowed students to attend schools across the state, majoring in agriculture, law, engineering and much more.

With the deadline of February 1 less than a month away, we encourage you to download the Great Plains Communications Scholarship on our website and send the completed application packet to the following address:

GREAT PLAINS COMMUNICATIONS
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
P.O. BOX 500
BLAIR, NE 68008

The FRS is an affiliate of the National Telephone Cooperative Association (NTCA), an organization of independent telephone companies across the United States. Applicants should be graduating high school seniors with a C grade point average or above and have an interest in returning to a rural community after graduation. The FRS Scholarship application requires a signature of sponsorship from Great Plains Communications. To apply, see your school’s guidance counselor or log onto the FRS website at www.frs.org. Completed applications must be submitted to the following address by February 23.

GREAT PLAINS COMMUNICATIONS
ATTN: SCHOLARSHIP
P.O. BOX 500
BLAIR, NE 68008

If you have any questions regarding scholarships, please contact 402-456-9511 or scholarshipsgrants@gpcom.com.

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.

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.

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!

Meet Our Newest FRED Scholar!

We’re pleased to announce that, once again, a student from one of our communities has won a national scholarship!

Deshler Public High School student Jenscena Hansen has received a $1,000 scholarship from The Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED), a national charitable foundation aimed at promoting academic achievement in rural areas.  The award is given based on merit and a commitment to rural life.

A recently graduated senior, Hansen was an exemplary student who also devoted her time to extra-curricular and volunteer events.  Hansen was a member of the Deshler high school band and jazz band.  She assisted in food drives, recycling programs, town beautification initiatives and youth sports.  Hansen also served as an usher at her church.  She intends to attend Clarkson College in the fall.

The FRED scholarship requires a sponsorship from a telecommunications company to be eligible.  Hansen was sponsored by local provider Great Plains Communications.  Students sponsored by Great Plains Communications have consistently been awarded FRED scholarships despite the high-level of competition.

Grant Spotlight: Chadron Elementary!

We’re once again spotlighting our annual grant winners and today we’re featuring Chadron Elementary School who won $5,000 for a brand new iPad lab!

The grant will allow the school to purchase six iPads, a Mac Book Pro, and various learning applications.  Multiple studies have shown that using tablets in the classroom significantly benefits students’ academic achievement.  The iPads will allow students to interact with material and individual apps can help students target unique learning needs.

The grant was awarded as part of our “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 very proud to add Chadron Elementary to the list!

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