Scholarship Opportunity for Class of 2021

Foundation for Rural Service Scholarships

Each year Foundation for Rural Service Scholarships is awarded by regions across rural America. Citizens would love to see students in our service area receive these scholarships. Scholarships range from $2,500 - $7,000.  The application window is open until March 5, 2021.

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VCTA- Broadband Association of Virginia, the Donald A. PerryFoundation and Virginia Cable Industry seek Virginia’s Future Leaders for 2021-2022 Scholarship

On behalf of the Virginia cable industry and the Donald A. Perry Foundation, the VCTA- Broadband Association of Virginia announces the 2021 Virginia’sFuture Leaders Scholarship Program. This year $40,000 will be awarded to outstanding Virginia students attending Virginia colleges and universities across the Commonwealth.

This program is a one-time award and is open to Virginia residents attending an undergraduate 2 or 4 year program at a Virginia institution of higher learning for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Interested applicants should:

  • Visit for an application & rules. Please follow all instructions carefully.
  • Postmark all entries by March 30, 2021

The Virginia’s Future Leaders Scholarship Program, now in its 21st year, is an educational initiative of the Virginia cable industry.

The VCTA, established in 1966, serves as the trade association for the cable telecommunications industry in Virginia. The VCTA’s mission is to advocate the broadband and telecommunications issues of member companies to the business community and state officials.

2021 Virginias Future Leaders Scholarship Application

Citizens Telephone Cooperative Encourages Students to Apply for James L. Bass Legal Scholarship

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) today announced the James L. Bass Legal Scholarship, a new scholarship for students with an interest in rural communities entering their first year of law school. FRS is the philanthropic arm of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, of which Citizens is a member.

With an active law career that spanned more than 70 years, James Bass helped secure funds for rural telephone systems to bring modern telephone service to rural areas. He was pivotal in the creation of NTCA, where he served as one of the organization’s earliest presidents. Bass continued his leadership with service for more than 50 years as legal counsel.

Recognizing Bass’s impact to the industry and his passion for the legal profession, the NTCA Board of Directors established a scholarship for students with an interest in rural communities to attend law school. The first James L. Bass Legal Scholarship will be awarded in spring 2021 and will be at least $5,000.

“Jim was not only a founding member of NTCA, he was a guiding light for our association through much of his lifetime,” said Shirley Bloomfield, chief executive officer of NTCA. “He spent his last years in service to the association as our general counsel where he helped guide our national board through growth and transformation. How fitting it is to honor him with a law school scholarship recognizing not only his passion for rural America but for the legal profession as well. My sincere thanks to all the NTCA members who so generously donated in Jim’s memory.”

“Citizens is pleased to make another scholarship available to graduating seniors,” stated Greg Sapp, CEO & General Manager of Citizens. “We believe in building opportunities for the future and we are honored to offer this scholarship in Jim’s legacy.”

The deadline to be considered for the spring 2021 James L. Bass Scholarship is April 16, 2021.