Local Student Selected for National Telecommunications Scholarship
Silver Star Communications announced today that Nicole Turner, a senior at Star Valley High School, was selected to receive a $1,000 academic scholarship by the Fund for Rural Education and Development (FRED). Sponsored through a letter from Allen Hoopes, CEO and Chairman of Silver Star Communications, the given award is based on merit and demonstrated commitment to rural life.
“Nicole Turner was selected among an outstanding group of young people to represent ‘the best of the best’,” said Melissa Korzuch, FRED Foundation Director. “The primary interest of the foundation is to assist students with high potential for success and a strong desire to return to a rural community upon graduation. We were overwhelmed by the remarkable credentials of the applicants. Each of this year’s FRED Scholars is very intelligent and exceedingly active in their community. We hope every FRED Scholar will someday return to their hometowns to contribute to the community that clearly gave them an admirable, productive start in life.”
FRED selected 52 students from the 140 applications sponsored by rural independent telephone companies and cooperatives. FRED awarded a total of $76,000 in scholarships this year.
FRED, a national charitable foundation located in Washington, DC, wa
s founded in 1989 by the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO). The FRED Scholarship Program is made possible through the generosity of more than 500 small, independent telephone companies operating in rural areas across the United States and Canada. Silver Star Communications is both a member of OPASTCO and supporter of FRED.
FRED and its advocates strive to promote education and development in rural areas. FRED also works to publicize the fact that more than 500 small, independent telephone companies in the U.S. and Canada are providing state-of-the-art telecommunications technologies and service to their customers. Silver Star Communications and the FRED Foundation are helping to create educational opportunities for rural America’s greatest resource, their younger generations.
For more information about the FRED Foundation and its programs, contact Nicole Astle at Silver Star Communications, 307-883-6652.