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Academic Scholarship Application
Welcome to the Pioneer Telephone Academic Scholarship. This is one of two scholarship programs currently offered by Pioneer. The other is the Pioneer Telephone Vocational/Technical Scholarship. A student can apply for the Vocational/Technical Scholarship or the Academic Scholarship but cannot apply for both scholarships in the same year. Follow this link (Vocational/Technical) for information concerning the Vocational/Technical Scholarship.
The Academic Scholarship is an online submission only.
Application must be submitted no later than March 31, 2017 by 4:30pm.
Incomplete applications will not be considered for scholarship award.
IMPORTANT: There is no time limit to the application process. However, the application will not be saved along the way. Be sure to have enough time to finish it or you will have to start back at the beginning.
The applicant must be a member or an immediate relative of someone who is a participating member of Pioneer Telephone Cooperative. The applicant’s primary place of residence must be located within territory served by Pioneer Telephone Cooperative. The immediate relative may be a spouse, son, or daughter.
The applicant must also:
• be currently enrolled or applying for admission to an undergraduate program in an accredited community college, four-year college or university, or vocational technical school
• provide three letters of recommendation from individuals other than family members
• provide legible copies of all high school and college or technical school transcripts
• provide a copy of the applicant’s latest SAT and/or ACT test scores
• submit all information requested on the application form and sign the certification at the end of the application.
An applicant is eligible to receive the scholarship a maximum number of two times.
After the award is made, the scholarship funds will be directly submitted to the institution of higher education in the name of the scholarship recipient.
The completed application and all supporting documentation must be submitted/received no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2017.
Judging by the Board of Directors will be based on the following criteria:
• Scholastic achievement – 25%
• Extra-curricular activities, accomplishments and recognition received – 15%
• Career and educational goals – 20%
• Personal Statement – 25%
• Financial need – 5%
• Open Book Quiz – 10%
Pioneer Telephone Cooperative is a cooperative corporation formed under the provisions of Oregon Revised Statute 62 (ORS 62) for the purpose of engaging in any lawful activity for which cooperatives may be organized under ORS 62. Cooperatives have a long history.
In Scotland in March of 1761, 16 weavers and apprentice weavers came together to sign a charter in which they agreed to work together to set purchase prices for yarns, selling prices for cloth and to deal fairly and honestly in their work forming the Fenwick Weavers’ Society – the earliest cooperative for which we have full records. They also set up a fund that they lent back to members to purchase high cost items, and from which they gave charitable donations to the poor in the village. Some have seen this as a proto-credit union.
Later that decade, in 1769, they agreed to take funds from their “box” to purchase “victuals” which they sold from a central point in the village, the profits going back into their joint funds. This has been seen as a very early co-op store.
In 1844, the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers was formed in Rochdale, England. It is considered the founding association of the modern cooperative movement. The society was formed under the cooperative principles of: 1. Voluntary and Open Membership, 2. Democratic Member Control, 3. Member Economic Participation, 4. Autonomy and Independence, 5. Education, Training, and Information, 6. Cooperation among Cooperatives, 7. Concern for the Community.
Many members from the communities in the Coast Range Mountains of western Oregon attempted to get someone to supply them with telephone service. They were told it could not be a profitable business. They decided to organize a cooperative and take full responsibility of building a modern telephone system for themselves.
Pioneer Telephone Cooperative was incorporated on October of 1950. In March 1951, Senator Wayne Morse sent a telegram saying the Cooperative had received an REA loan to build a modern telephone system. The Coast Telephone Company was purchased from the Baker family and it became the backbone for building out service into remote areas. Later in 1951, the Blachly-Deadwood Telephone Company became part of the system and in 1956 the Bellfountain Telephone Company merged into the Cooperative.
Today, the Cooperative is evolving from a telephone company to a broadband company. With many miles of fiber-optic cable, the intelligent network is becoming a reality.
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