The Pioneer Telephone Board of Trustees and the Scholarship Committee are pleased to announce the 2020-2021 applications are now available. Over 331 scholarships totaling over $1,011,927.27 have been awarded since the inception of the program 29 years ago in 1991.
The College Scholarship Program is offered to qualified applicants of all Junior/Senior college-level university majors, with priority consideration given to education majors in the areas of math, science, computer science, and foreign language. Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., proposes to award one college scholarship per Board District per year to qualified applicants. The son, daughter or legal dependent of a subscriber of Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., shall be eligible for consideration of one of up to 12 college scholarships to be awarded each year. The son, daughter or legal dependent of an Employee of Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., shall only be eligible for consideration of the one (1) scholarship awarded by the Thirteenth District At-Large of the Cooperative each year. Each college scholarship(s) awarded will provide $1,000 per semester for a maximum of $2,000 per year.
The Technology Center Scholarship Program is offered to qualified applicants who are a subscriber of Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., or the son, daughter, or legal dependent of a subscriber. Each Technology Center Scholarship awarded will provide $1,000 toward the cost of one (1) program. Qualified students wishing to attend a Technology Center within the service area of Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., are entitled to participate. Applicants must be the son, daughter or legal dependent of a subscriber of Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
A subscriber is defined as a member of the Cooperative who receives their "landline" telephone service from the Cooperative OR subscribes to a residential retail landline stand-alone Digital Subscriber Line Service, (DSL). Having service from Pioneer by virtue of a cell phone, Internet, Long Distance, DTV, Security Alarms or Business Solutions, does not meet the requirements for consideration. Those services are provided by Pioneer's subsidiaries, not the Cooperative itself.