ECI graduate, sponsored by Pineland Telephone, one of 54 national scholarship awards

by | May 16, 2019 11:13 am

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) announced awards of $125,000 in college scholarships to 54 students in rural communities served by members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. The FRS College Scholarship Program awards one-time scholarships to students from rural America for their first year of college, university, or vocational-technical school. Each student is sponsored by an NTCA member company. Pineland Telephone Cooperative, Inc. sponsored Calissa Mason.

Mason, who will be a 2019 graduate of Emanuel County Institute, was chosen as one of the first scholarship recipients for the newly formed Good Neighbor Scholarship, awarded to students who demonstrate what it means to be a “good neighbor” through humanitarianism, inclusion, and kindness to others. She is the daughter of Tim and Stefanie Mason. She is active in FBLA, FCCLA, and is involved in the Weekend Blessing Program in Emanuel County. Mason will begin her studies in early childhood education at East Georgia State College. The only recipient from Georgia, she will receive a scholarship of $2,500.

“We are extremely honored to learn that Calissa was selected in the inaugural class of Good Neighbor Scholarship awards”, said general manager Dustin Durden. “Calissa is a determined young lady with a bright future ahead, and we wish her the best in her upcoming endeavors.”

“It is a privilege for FRS to have a small role in supporting the continued education of these students through our scholarship program,” said FRS executive director Jessica Golden. “Each and every applicant was thoroughly impressive and demonstrated a deep knowledge of and dedication to their rural communities. We thank all our donors for making this scholarship program possible year after year.”

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