Frank James-SkyLine Scholarship Program


About the Program:
SkyLine's Board of Directors established the SkyLine Telephone Membership Corporation Scholarship in 1987 to offer educational opportunities to deserving high school seniors with limited means. The scholarship has been awarded to children of SkyLine members who exhibit outstanding scholastic abilities and motivation to continue their education. Annually, scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors in each of the five counties served by SkyLine: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Watauga and Johnson (TN).

In 1995, the Scholarship Program was renamed the Frank James-SkyLine Telephone Scholarship as a lasting memorial to Mr. Frank James, who had been a longtime director and president of the cooperative. In addition to his tireless services to the causes of rural telephony, the former educator and superintendent of Ashe County Schools dedicated much of his life to promoting education. Also in 1995, the program was expanded to include five $500 scholarships for graduating high school seniors seeking a two-year community/technical college degree.

The Board of Directors greatly enhanced the program again in 1999 to make the $1,000 College/University Scholarship annually renewable for up to four years and the $500 Community/Technical Scholarship annually renewable for up to two years.

This year, 10 scholarships with a total value of $25,000 are scheduled to be awarded this spring to children of SkyLine/SkyBest telephone service customers to assist them with the cost of a college education.

To receive the full two- or four-year benefits of this scholarship, recipients must maintain a minimum grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.0 and must continue to be enrolled as a full-time student at their respective college/university.



Applicants must:

» Be a student whose parents are full-time residents in the SkyLine service area and receive telephone service from SkyLine or SkyBest for a minimum of one year.
» Be graduating high school seniors (local public school, private school or home school) whose parents currently receive telephone service from SkyLine or SkyBest, and along with their parents, reside full-time in the cooperative’s five-county service area.
» Have qualified for entrance to a two-year community or technical college for the Community/Technical College Scholarship, or;
» Have qualified for entrance to a four-year college or university and have a minimum SAT score of 800 or a minimum ACT score of 19 for the College/University Scholarship.
» Be of college caliber in the judgment of their high school principal and counselor.
» Provide to the guidance counselor ONLY, documentation exhibiting financial need.
» Exhibit high scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, and participation in school and community activities.

Note:  Children of SkyLine employees and directors are ineligible for consideration.


How to Apply:

Along with a completed scholarship application, please include the following:

» Complete high school transcript, including the results of all college entrance exams.
» Summary of applicants extracurricular activities.
» Letter of application in the student's own handwriting.
» Letter of recommendation from the high school principal, guidance counselor, teacher, youth leader or community leader.
» Official information regarding other scholarship awards the students has applied for or received.
» Information demonstrating financial need.
» Recent school photo to be used for publication. (Please do not attach using staples or paper clips.)

Students attending local public schools will submit applications to their guidance department; students attending private school or home school will submit applications directly to SkyLine.

Application Packages are available at area high school guidance departments and all SkyLine Customer Service Centers in early March.


Award Procedures:

» All applications will be reviewed, and nominees for each of the two- and four-year scholarships will be selected based on eligibility requirements.
» Prior to their interviews, nominees will be invited to attend Scholar Visitation Day at SkyLine's offices in West Jefferson. The program will highlight SkyLine's history, its role as a member-owned telecommunications cooperative, and its involvement in the community.
» Nominees will be interviewed individually at SkyLine's Corporate Offices by the appropriate scholarship committee.
» Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision and a public announcement of the recipients will be made in late June. A SkyLine representative will recognize recipients at their school on awards day or at graduation.
» The official presentation of the scholarship award will be made at the SkyLine Annual Meeting in late September. At the Annual Meeting, a check for half of the first-year scholarship will be presented to the student made payable to the college or university, along with a certificate and letter. Participation in the Annual Meeting is required. If the student's travel distance from college would present a hardship, his or her parents would need to be present to receive the award on behalf of their son or daughter. Failure to attend the Annual Meeting and/or contact SkyLine could result in the forfeiture of the scholarship.


Questions: If you have questions about the Frank James-SkyLine Scholarship Program, please call SkyLine at 1-800-759-2226.














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