The 2022 recipients of the JSI Staurulakis Family Scholarships are exceptional students who have excelled academically while participating in a wide range of extracurricular activities, including volunteering and working to better their communities. These scholarships are distributed through a scholarship program administered by the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), which was established as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association in 1994.
This year, six students were selected to receive the $5,000 JSI Staurulakis Family Scholarships, which give recognition to outstanding applicants with an interest in science, math, medicine, or engineering. This year’s group of scholarship recipients, which FRS formally announced last week, includes:
- Addison Emmot from Beloit, Kansas, who applied via NTCA partner Cunningham Telephone Company. Addison plans to attend Fort Hays State University and major in Nursing.
- Katelyn Griggs from Lexington, North Carolina, who applied via NTCA partner Surry Telephone Membership Corporation. Katelyn plans to attend Gardner-Webb University and major in Exercise Science.
- Alexa Post from New Auburn, Wisconsin, who applied via NTCA partner Citizens Telephone Cooperative. Alexa plans to attend Minnesota State University – Mankato and major in Biology/Biomedical Science.
- Jenna Schleich from Fairview, Illinois, who applied via NTCA partner Mid-Century Telephone Cooperative. Jenna plans to attend Western Illinois University and major in Animal Biology.
- Carrie Warmka from Emmons, Minnesota, who applied via NTCA partner Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association. Carrie plans to attend the University of Minnesota – Duluth and major in Biology.
- Samantha Zimmerman from Beloit, Kansas, who applied via NTCA partner Cunningham Telephone Company. Samantha plans to attend Fort Hays State University and major in Biology.
The Staurulakis Family Scholarships were established as part of JSI’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2012 in honor of Manny and Leo’s parents, John and Chresanthe Staurulakis, and they continue each year as part of the FRS scholarship program. FRS scholarship recipients are selected by an independent team of reviewers from the education field. To be eligible, recipients must be sponsored by a NTCA member company and indicate a desire to return to their rural communities once their collegiate studies have been completed.
More information about the JSI Scholarships and the FRS scholarship program can be found here. The application-submission deadline for the 2023 scholarships will be in March 2023.