Scholarships

USA Communications College Scholarship Program

College Scholarship Program – $500 available to High School Seniors

USA Communications of Shellsburg supports the continuing education of the high school seniors whose parents are a member of Farmers Mutual Telephone Cooperative of Shellsburg and have their phone service in the Shellsburg, Benton Township, Urbana or Alburnett exchange.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  1. be a graduating high school senior;
  2. receive his/her local telephone service from USA Communications in the following communities/prefixes: Shellsburg – 436, Benton Township – 453, Urbana – 443 or Alburnett – 842; and
  3. successfully complete the first semester in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or vocational- technical school.

USA Communication scholarships will be awarded to deserving students whose academic credentials fall within an average to above-average range.

 

How to Apply

  1. Complete the scholarship application in full.
  2. Prepare a typed 300-word essay that addresses the following:
    – explain why the services provided by USA Communications are important to you and/or members of your family; and
    – tell us where you plan to work and how you plan to give back to your community once you start your career
  3. Have a high school teacher or counselor complete the Educator’s Recommendation form. A link to the form is at the bottom of this page. Recommendations must be sent in a sealed envelope from the letters’ author.
  4. Submit one letter of recommendation from a local community leader, elected official or local business representative. Recommendations must be sent in a sealed envelope from the letter’s author.
  5. Include your most recent grade transcript (all seven semesters must be included.)
  6. If available, include test scores and/or class rank with the transcript.

Award Procedure

  • $500.00 scholarships will be awarded in May 2018 to a maximum of two students in each of our four telephone exchanges.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Farmers Mutual Telephone Cooperative Board of Directors.
  • Winners will be notified by mail in April 2018.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on a one-time basis and will not be renewable.
  • Award will be paid upon proof of second-semester registration at an institute of higher education, and will be issued in January 2019.
  • Scholarship will be awarded without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex or disability.
  • Incomplete applications or non-typed essays will not be considered.

Make sure to

  • Include a completed application form
  • Include a transcript (all 7 semesters) and any test scores and/or class ranking.
  • Include a 300-word essay.
  • Include an Educator’s Recommendation.
  • Include a letter of recommendation from a local community leader, elected official or local business representative.
  • Collect all documents and mail in one envelope addressed to:
    USA Communications
    PO Box 389
    Shellsburg, IA 52332
  • Postmark your entry by April 1, 2018.

Scholarship Application Form

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