|Local Student Selected for National Telecommunications Scholarship|
Garrett Shafer, a past graduate of Spearville High School was selected to receive a $2,500 academic scholarship by the Fund for Rural Education and Development (FRED). Sponsored by United Telephone Association, Inc., the given award is based on merit and demonstrated commitment to rural life. FRED will send the awarded scholarship to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, on behalf of Garrett Shafer.
FRED selected 52 students from rural areas throughout the United States, and received more than 140 exceptional applications sponsored by rural independent telephone companies and cooperatives. FRED awarded $77,000 to rural high school students from across America this year. FRED, a national charitable foundation located in Washington, DC, was founded in 1989 by the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO). The FRED Scholarship Program is made possible through the generosity of more than 500 small, independent telephone companies operating in rural areas across the United States and Canada. United Telephone is both a member of OPASTCO and supporter of FRED. Mike Salmans, Operations Manager from United Telephone wrote a letter of recommendation on behalf of Garrett so that his application could be accepted and reviewed. “United had 4 outstanding applicants this year and we were overly excited to have Garrett win this award for his exceptional achievements and hard work. We wish Garrett the best in his pursuit of his Pharmacy Degree” stated Mike. Craig Mock, Genaral Manager at United, commented, “We are very honored to have a student from our rural area win this prestigious award.”
FRED CONTACT: Melissa Korzuch, FRED Director, 202.833.2776
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