Hardy Telecommunications is sponsoring a $2,500 college scholarship for graduating seniors from East Hardy and Moorefield high schools.
Members of the Class of 2023 at EHHS and MHS can apply through Hardy for the national Foundation for Rural Service Undergrad College Scholarship Program. The scholarship, open to applicants who receive local telecommunications service (either telephone, Internet, or television) from Hardy, is worth $2,000, and Hardy Telecommunications will contribute an additional $500 to the amount, bringing the total one-time scholarship award to $2,500.
The application process is done online. Students can go to the FRS website at frs.org/programs/youth-programs/scholarships and click a link to the Kaleidoscope application platform. Completed applications must be submitted online to the Foundation for Rural Service by February 8, 2023.
To apply, students will need to submit a 500-800 word essay; two letters of recommendation – only one can be from a teacher or educator; and seven semesters of transcripts. The transcript does not have to be an official copy. FRS urges all applicants to have all of their documents ready to upload before beginning the application. Students no longer have to return any paperwork to Hardy Telecommunications. For more information, click HERE.
The FRS will award scholarships nationwide. A qualified selection committee of current educators determined by the Foundation for Rural Service will select the winners.
Hardy Telecommunications itself has no input in the selection process and cannot guarantee that any local applicant will be selected. Hardy simply sponsors local applications and agrees to contribute $500 of the total $2,500 amount if the national FRS committee does pick a Hardy County student.
Local applicants must be a U.S. citizen and graduating high school senior; accepted by an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school; have at least a C grade point average; express an interest in returning to a rural community following graduation; and be sponsored by Hardy Telecommunications, a member of NTCA.