Polar’s John G. Walters Scholarship: Five $1,000 scholarships will be issued to graduating high school seniors from our service area who plan to continue their education at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college/university or vocational-technical school. Parents or guardians must be Polar customers.

Polar’s Leadership Scholarship: Polar Communications, in cooperation with its retired employees, offers the Polar Leadership Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who is involved in their school, serves their community, achieves leadership roles in activities, functions or organizations, and strives to reach their highest potential. Other considerations include any work/internship experience outside of school. Applicants must be a senior in high school or freshman or sophomore in college and their parents or guardians must be Polar customers.

Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Scholarships: FRS was established in 1994 and, along with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, they promote, educate and advocate to the public rural telecommunications issues.  Polar is proud to be a member of NTCA and supports FRS in this worthy endeavor.  If a graduating high school senior from our service area is selected for one of the FRS national scholarships ($2,000 each), Polar will contribute an additional $500, bringing the FRS award to $2,500.

In addition, the FRS will award four $5,000 Staurulakis Family Scholarships with a preference to those applicants who plan to major in math, science, engineering or medicine; two $1,500 TMS Scholarships; and one $7,000 Everett Kneece Return to Rural America Scholarship.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
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Apply for all six scholarships listed above using one application form.
College freshmen and sophomores are only eligible for the Leadership Scholarship. Please use your current college information when completing the application.

David J. Niemann Memorial Scholarship

David J. Niemann was not only a good student, he also gave back to the community, believed in supporting youth and their activities, and had a strong work ethic. Being an involved student who pushes themselves in their school and community can build character. You need good time management and people skills to succeed in your continuing education and whatever career path you may choose. It’s not necessarily the one with the highest GPA that makes the best employee or the most successful person. It’s the one who isn’t afraid of hard work and the one who can work well with others that becomes successful. It’s also important to be involved with the youth and elderly. This scholarship will honor David J. Niemann and students who possess all these characteristics.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2017
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Youth Tour

FRS Youth Tour

The Foundation for Rural Service’s (FRS) annual Youth Tour is one of the most visible examples of the foundation’s involvement with, and commitment to, rural youth. This years Youth Tour will be held June 3-7, 2017. Each year, in collaboration with NTCA member companies, FRS brings rural students from across the United States to Washington, D.C., for a four-day tour of some of the most historical sites in the nation. While there, students also learn about the telecommunications industry, as well as the regulatory and legislative processes. Educational sessions on these topics are greatly enhanced by site visits to the U.S. Capitol and the FCC to meet with industry leaders and members of Congress. The students are also given ample time to explore the nation’s capital and its many attractions.
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To qualify, the student’s parents must be subscribers of Polar, and the student must be age 16 or 17 years old at the time of the Youth Tour. Along with submitting an application, students are required to write an essay on modern technology.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017.
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