December 19, 2023, Aurora, Neb. Hamilton Telecommunications is excited to announce that it is once again participating in the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) annual college scholarship program to help students from rural communities with the costs of higher education. FRS awards a one-time scholarship to students from rural America for their first year of college, university, or vocational-technical school. Scholarship awards range from $500 – $7,000. Each student is sponsored by an NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association member company. Hamilton and its fellow FRS members provide funding for each scholarship awarded on an annual basis. The FRS College Scholarship Program seeks to encourage students to return to and engage in their rural communities upon completing their education. In 2024, FRS will award scholarships in each geographic region of the NTCA membership. For each FRS general scholarship, FRS provides $2,000 and the sponsoring NTCA member company provides $500. In addition to the FRS general scholarships, FRS has the following named scholarships:

  • Diana Jo Dreyer Memorial Scholarship
  • Everett Kneece Scholarship
  • Good Neighbor Scholarship
  • Herbert and Isabel Bitz Memorial Scholarship
  • JSI Scholarship
  • TMS Scholarships
  • Roger Alan Cox Memorial Scholarship
  • Cronin Communications Scholarship

Scholarship information is available online on the Foundation for Rural Service website: or through your local high school guidance counselor. Applications must be submitted online no later than February 16, 2024. One submitted application qualifies students for all applications FRS has available.

About Hamilton

Hamilton Telecommunications is a diversified communications and technology services provider based in Aurora, Neb. Founded in 1901 in Hamilton County, Hamilton has grown to encompass eight primary company divisions and has become one of the leading independent communications companies in the United States. For more information, visit the company website at:

About the Foundation for Rural Service

The Foundation for Rural Service is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Arlington, VA., that serves rural communities across the United States. Established in 1994 by the NTCA, FRS educates the public about the benefits of a nationwide telecommunications network and promotes rural connectivity as an essential link in this network. FRS believes that rural communities—regardless of their size or location—deserve the same connection to the world as do residents of urban areas.

About NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs.