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Great Plains Communications Scholarship Deadline Approaching

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, the price of college continues to rise. Great Plains Communications wants to help with the burden of those glaring numbers. 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 here 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 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 402-456-6458 or

Congrats Scholarship Recipients!

It is graduation weekend for many areas, which is one of our favorite times of year here at Great Plains Communications. We are honored to be able to award $15,000 in scholarships to students in our communities.

Help us in congratulating our deserving award winners!

Alissa Meyer of Wisner, NE

Baily Wood of Grant, NE

Britley Schlueter of Wood Lake, NE

Cade Ewoldt of Blair, NE

Callie McCandless of Blair, NE

Drew Letcher of Hay Springs, NE

Haylee Klawitter of Verdigre, NE

James McArtor of Grant, NE

Jarrett Branz of Blair, NE

Krista Ott of Wisner, NE

Makayla Brockhaus of Creighton, NE

Mariah Dendeinger of Crofton, NE

Nathan Hatterman of Wisner, NE

Nathan Tobiasson of Hay Springs, NE

Shaylee Heathers of Champion, NE


Our scholarship program isn’t just about helping students go to college, it’s also about encouraging students to return to rural towns after they leave college.  These students often become leaders in their communities, bring new solutions to rural issues, and encourage growth in rural towns. Find out more information on our grants and scholarships program at

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.

Help Spread the Word: We’re Giving up to $35,000 to Schools and Students!

We’re gearing up for our annual grants and scholarships programs that provide nearly $35,000 to schools and students in the communities that we serve.

In 2012, our grant winners purchased iPads, educational software and SmartBoards.  We also helped Red Cloud revitalize their arts program, which affects programs from band, to choir, to the theatre department. Over the years, we’ve helped fund amazing projects such as an Aqua Phonics labs and award-winning language programs.  We’ve also funded two student-run sign making businesses, which has earned statewide accounts.

Scholarship winners are just as diverse and include students who pursue degrees from technical schools to four-year universities.  There are scholarships for those who pursue online education and students who seek a more traditional learning environment.  No matter what a student’s learning style or goal, Great Plains Communications has an option to help.  The one similarity shared by our winners is their rural heritage and desire to return to those communities after college.

If you know of a school with a great idea or an outstanding student who can use some help with college (and who doesn’t), visit for a full list of available scholarships and grants.  You’ll also find application forms and deadlines.

If you would like to see some past winners, click here!

Apply For The FRS Scholarship, Today!

There are just two more weeks to apply for your chance to earn up to $2,500 from the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), an affiliate of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association!

In addition to the scholarships that we provide each year, we also assist in sponsoring a student applying for the FRS scholarship.  The Foundation provides winning students with $2,000 and the sponsoring company provides an additional $500.

If you are interested in applying, here’s what you need to do.

It’s that simple!  Want to know more about the FRS scholarship or any of our possible grants and scholarships for 2012?  Just leave us a question in the comments section below.

Great Plains Communications’ Scholarships: Celebrating Outstanding Students

One of our favorite times of year here at Great Plains Communications is when we award approximately $20,000 in scholarships to students in our communities.

Congratulations to all of our deserving award winners!

Gordon Needs of Stapleton – Trade and Technical Scholarship

James LaPointe of Niobrara – Trade and Technical Scholarship

Colin Murphy of North Bend – Trade and Technical Scholarship

ReBecca Schmeckpeper of Bancroft – Trade and Technical Scholarship

Alann Braband of Elgin – Trade and Technical Scholarship

Breanna Bode of Petersburg – Trade and Technical Scholarship

Heidi McManaman of Spalding – Internet On-Line Scholarship

William Glendy of Oconto – Cable Television Scholarship

Kenny Haller of Gordon – Telecommunications Intern Scholarship

Ashley Ogle of Blair – College Scholarship

Morgan Hovendick of Tekamah – College Scholarship

Alex Sharp of Imperial – College Scholarship

Chelsea Reeh of Grand Island – College Scholarship

Britta True of Yankton, SD – College Scholarship

Austin Baldwin of Center – College Scholarship

Jessica Becerra of Blair – College Scholarship

Paying for College? We Can Help.

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, the cost of attending a public university increased by 72% over the last decade. While it’s common now to use a mix of grants and loans to pay for college, scholarships are a great way to help fund for your education.

In addition to the financial benefit of scholarships, it’s money you never have to worry about paying back, there are also intangible benefits.  Earning scholarships looks good on a college application and can be a great way to help set you apart from other applicants.  Since many scholarships are performance based, they can also be a powerful motivator to maintain good grades, which can be beneficial when applying for jobs and internships later in your college career.

Scholarships are awarded based on a wide range of reasons, including being a twin or being exceptionally tall.  At Great Plains Communications, most of our scholarships encourage students to stay committed to our communities or have an interest in telecommunications or agricultural fields.  Since we understand how popular and convenient online classes are, we also have scholarships just for distance learners.

In 2011, Great Plains Communications is offering up to $21,500 in scholarships through as many as 15 awards for a variety of learning styles including:

  • On-line/Distance learning
  • Technical institutes
  • Four year universities
  • And more

All scholarship applications are due March 1st, 2011 and full requirements for each scholarship can be found on our scholarship page.  If you have any questions about our scholarship you can contact Brenda Jenny at or by phone at 1.800.642.9330, ext. 6582.  You can always drop us a comment too!