2017 Mid-Rivers Higher Education Scholarship

Mid-Rivers Communications will award 35 $1,000 Higher Education Scholarships in 2017 to students whose parent/guardian is a Cooperative Member with active local telephone or Internet service. Students must be graduating high school seniors entering their freshman year of a college, university or technical school in the fall of 2017, or current college, university, or technical school undergraduates continuing their education in the fall of 2017.

Ten additional $500 scholarships will also be awarded at the Mid-Rivers Annual Meeting on June 1, 2017, through a drawing of eligible students attending the Annual Meeting in Glendive. To qualify for the drawing, students must be enrolled to attend a higher education institution and must provide documentation of full-time enrollment at the Annual Meeting. Students must sign up at the Annual Meeting to be included in the drawing and must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who is a Cooperative Member with active local telephone or Internet service from Mid-Rivers. Students receiving a $1,000 competitive scholarship and previous scholarship winners are NOT eligible for the drawing.

The application form for the 35 scholarships to be awarded through the competitive application process is available below. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Selection will be determined by April 30, 2017. Eligibility requirements include:

  • The applicant must be either a graduating high school senior entering his or her freshman year of a college, university or technical school, or a current college, university, or technical school undergraduate. Students must be enrolled full-time. Graduate students and previous scholarship winners are ineligible.
  • The applicant, or his or her parent(s) or legal guardian, must be a Member of Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. with active landline telephone or Internet service. APPLICANTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT MID-RIVERS TO VERIFY MEMBERSHIP STATUS AT LEAST 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF THE APPLICATION DEADLINE. Not all telephone and/or Internet customers are automatically members – the Membership Application must have been completed and accepted by the Mid-Rivers Board of Trustees.
  • The applicant must complete the scholarship application and its requirements.

Scholarship application forms are available below. The completed form, a detailed statement of the applicant’s goals, two letters of recommendation from current teachers, one character reference letter, and a copy of the most recent transcripts, complete with ACT or SAT test score results, must be included and submitted no later than March 31, 2017.

The applications will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • 30% – Scholastic Aptitude
  • 40% – School and Community Activities
  • 30% – Personal Statement

Scholarship certificates announcing the awards will be presented to recipients in May in time for recognition during graduation or school award ceremonies (if applicable). Scholarship funds will not be dispersed until proof of full-time enrollment in the college, university or technical school of the scholarship recipient is received by Mid-Rivers. Once proof of enrollment is received, payment will be made by a joint check to the recipient and the school. Scholarships must be claimed by December 31, 2017, or the money will be forfeited.

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