Golden West To Offer Student Scholarships

By The Burke Gazette staff

The Burke Gazette of Burke, South Dakota

Area high school seniors can now apply for the Golden West Telecommunications college scholarship. This year, 44 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students from high schools in the Golden West service area. In addition, students who attend home school and students whose parents live in the Golden West service area but who attend a school not included in the program are eligible for one additional at-large scholarship. The Golden West Scholarship Program is designed to help local students pursue degrees at vocational schools, military academies and universities.

Golden West Scholarship applications are available from guidance counselors at local high schools and at-large applications may be requested by calling 777 from any Golden West telephone or by clicking on the scholarship button at Application deadline is Friday, March 15.

Golden West General Manager Denny Law said the company sees the scholarship program as a way to strengthen and build South Dakota's rural communities. "At Golden West, we understand how important it is to invest in today's latest technologies, but also the importance of investing in tomorrow's leaders," Law said. "We recognize that the graduating seniors of today may be the community leaders of tomorrow who will help create greater opportunity for everyone."

Committees overseen by each school's superintended and/or principal will select local scholarship winners, while a committee of Golden West employees will select the at-large recipient. Golden West Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts and scholarship applications. In addition, the committees will consider leadership in school, civic and other extracurricular activities, personal character and the applicant's motivation to serve and succeed. The student's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must reside within one of the Golden West telephone service areas and subscribe to a Golden West service (phone, internet or cablevision). When two applicants are extremely close in qualifications, financial need will serve as a tiebreaker.

The 2013 Golden West Scholarship program marks the 14th year the Golden West Telecommunications Board of Directors has funded the program.

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