Valley Telephone Cooperative has initiated a college scholarship program.
This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.
Applicants to the Valley Telephone Cooperative Scholarship Program must be:
20 awards of $12,000 each will be granted. Awards will be disbursed at $3,000 per year over 4 years. Applicants compete first within their own districts; if there are scholarships remaining to be awarded, the remaining pool of applicants can be considered for ‘at large’ scholarships. The intent is to award two scholarships per each of the 10 member districts, for a total of 20 scholarships, provided that the applicants meet the criteria of the selection process.
Awards are renewable up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, based on recipients maintaining residency requirements, satisfactory academic performance (2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) and full-time enrollment status at an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university. The renewal award amount will include a bonus of $250 each year the student maintains a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or better in the prior year of college. Students may transfer to another accredited institution without penalty of losing their awards. The student must be a dependent child of a current Cooperative member who reside in the Valley Telephone service territory.
Awards may be used for tuition, books, supplies and room and board expenses (any amount used for room and board may be subject to tax).
Awards are for undergraduate study only.
Applicants will be notified in February. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.
Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Valley Telephone Cooperative. Payments are made in one installment in early August.
Also, an essay, not to exceed 500 words, on the following topic: “Cooperatives’ Contributions to the Community and Economy of South Texas”.
Financial need is not considered.
Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Valley Telephone Cooperative play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.
Also as part of your application, one online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf by a school official no later than November 21, 2023 3:00 pm Central Time.
Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.