What is Foundation for Rural Service?

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, was founded to enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues.   Each year, FRS distributes multiple scholarships to an exceptional group of rural students for their first year of college, or vocational school.  Rainbow Communications proudly supports their Youth Tour and Scholarship programs, which provide opportunities for the youth who live throughout our service areas.

FRS Youth Tour

In the summer, the FRS Youth Tour brings-together high school students from across rural America to visit our nation’s capital and to learn about rural telecommunications.  Rainbow sponsors area high-school students on this all-expense paid trip which covers airfare, registration fees, tour expenses, as well as $150 in spending money.  The trip is valued at over $1,800.   Watch a video from the 2015 tour.

  • Who’s eligible:
    • High School students, age 16 or 17 years old at the time of the Youth Tour
    • Parents or guardian of student must receive service from Rainbow Communications
  • What you’ll see & do
    • The U.S. Capitol
    • The White House
    • Arlington National Cemetery
    • The Lincoln Memorial
    • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
    • Mount Vernon
    • WWII Memorial
    • The Smithsonian Museums
  • What you’ll learn:
    • How the legislative process and our government works from people who work on Capitol Hill and the FCC
    • An overview of the telecommunication industry
    • The history of our nation’s capitol: Washington, D.C.

The 2019 FRS Youth Tour is now closed. Please visit back in 2020 for more information.

FRS Scholarship

Through its various programs and initiatives, the Foundation for Rural Service strongly supports continuing education for youth residing in rural areas across the United States.  This year, they will award $2,500 scholarships to rural high school seniors, one per geographic region of the NCTA membership, and one to a student sponsored by an NTCA associate member like Rainbow Communications. The remaining awards will be distributed according to the number of applications received from each region.  For local winners, FRS will fund $2,000 of each scholarship awarded and Rainbow Communications will contribute the additional $500.  FRS will also provide four Staurulakis Family Scholarships valued at $5,000 each, and two TMS Scholarships for $1,500 each.  Another, the Everett Kneece Return to Rural America Scholarship, is valued at $2,500.  And lastly, the Colt Ford Scholarship, is valued at up to $15,000. 

Please consider the following when applying for an FRS Scholarship:

  • All applications must be postmarked to FRS by March 1, 2019. Applications postmarked after March 1, 2019 will NOT be accepted.
  • All applications MUST be signed by either the manager, board member, or designated employee of Rainbow Communications.  
  • Parents/guardians of ALL applications MUST be a Rainbow Communications customer.

The 2019 Scholarship is now closed. Please visit back in 2020 for more information.

Learn more about the scholarship

FRS Rural App Challenge


Students will develop a concept for a mobile app that will address a problem or improve a process in their rural community or in rural America at-large. The challenge will be concept-based only and the judgement will be based on how well-researched and well-presented the app is. The concept must be possible, well-researched and not already be an app in existence (but may be similar).

Who is eligible?

Students enrolled in grades 7 through 12
At least one student teammate must live in an area served by an NTCA­—The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) member company

The winning team will receive $1,000 in gift cards and Codecademy Scholarships.

Find out more information about the Rural App Challenge.

The 2019 Youth App Challenge has now closed. Please visit back in 2020 for more information.

For more information regarding any of these opportunities, please contact Deidra Leander or Stacy Simmer at 800-892-0163 or deidra@rainbowtel.com.