Polar’s John G. Walters Scholarship: Five $1,000 scholarships will be issued to graduating high school seniors from our service area who plan to continue their education at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college/university or vocational-technical school. Parents or guardians must be Polar customers of voice or broadband Internet service.

Polar’s Leadership Scholarship: Polar Communications, in cooperation with its retired employees, offers the Polar Leadership Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to students who are involved in their school, serve their communities, achieve leadership roles in activities, functions or organizations, and strive to reach their highest potential. Other considerations include any work/internship experience outside of school. Applicants must be a senior in high school or freshman or sophomore in college and their parents or guardians must be Polar customers of voice or broadband Internet service.

Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Scholarships: FRS, along with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, promote, educate and advocate to the public rural telecommunications issues.  Polar is proud to be a member of NTCA and supports FRS in this worthy endeavor.  If a graduating high school senior from our service area is selected for one of the FRS national scholarships ($2,000 each), Polar will contribute an additional $500, bringing the FRS award to $2,500. Parents or guardians must be Polar customers of voice or broadband Internet service.

In addition, the FRS will award four $5,000 Staurulakis Family Scholarships with a preference to those applicants who plan to major in math, science, engineering or medicine; two $1,500 TMS Scholarships; one $7,000 Everett Kneece Scholarship; and three $500 Roger Alan Cox Memorial Scholarships.

Application Deadline, due to Polar: February 15, 2018

Scholarship Information

Apply for all seven scholarships listed above using one application form. (College freshmen & sophomores are only eligible for the Leadership Scholarship. Please use your current college information when completing the application.)


Washington, DC Youth Tour

The Foundation for Rural Service’s (FRS) annual Youth Tour is one of the most visible examples of the foundation’s involvement with, and commitment to, rural youth. This years Youth Tour will be held June 2-6, 2018. Each year, in collaboration with NTCA member companies, FRS brings rural students from across the United States to Washington, D.C., for a four-day tour of some of the most historical sites in the nation. While there, students also learn about the telecommunications industry, as well as the regulatory and legislative processes. Educational sessions on these topics are greatly enhanced by site visits to the U.S. Capitol and the FCC to meet with industry leaders and members of Congress. The students are also given ample time to explore the nation’s capital and its many attractions.

To qualify, the student’s parents must be voice or broadband subscribers of Polar, and the student must be age 16 or 17 years old at the time of the Youth Tour. Along with submitting an application, students are required to write an essay on modern technology. Deadline for entries is March 1, 2018.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

Application Form