Are you currently enrolled or planning to attend an Electrician Program, Powerline Program or Telecommunications Program?


Students currently enrolled or planning to attend a
Qualified Program (listed below), submit applications
by December 31, 2020.


  • Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
  • Power Line Construction & Maintenance
  • Utilities Technology-Heating & Cooling
  • Utilities Technology-Power Line
  • Electrical Construction & Maintenance
  • Heating & Cooling Technology
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Telecommunications

One applicant will be awarded a scholarship for the upcoming January 2021 Semester or the Fall 2021 Semester if awarded to a high school student.

Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on a combination of SAT/ACT score; overall GPA; work experience; written essay; letter of recommendation and applicant appraisal.

(co-sponsored by Grand Electric)

Attention: High School Seniors from Bison, Buffalo, Lemmon and Newell School Districts – Here is your chance to win a $500 Scholarship from WRCTC! One senior from each school district and/or combined school districts will be awarded a scholarship for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

For an application, please click on the appropriate school district:

Deadline is March 12, 2021.

Please mail the completed application and extra documents to:

Scholarship Program


PO Box 39

Bison, SD 57620

If you have questions regarding this scholarship, please contact us at 605-244-5213 or 777.

Current employees’ and directors’ dependents are not eligible for this scholarship.

Please note that the scholarship application process for the FRS Scholarship has changed!

To learn more about how to apply for this application, please click here.

To be eligible for this scholarship, each applicant must:

• Be a graduating high school senior.

• Be a United States citizen.

• Be sponsored by a current NTCA member such as WRCTC

• Be accepted by an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.

• Have at least a C grade point average (GPA).

• Express an interest to return to a rural community following graduation.

The application must be postmarked by TBD.

If you have any questions regarding this scholarship, please contact us at 605-244-5213 or 777.

FRS Youth Tour Canceled

Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), FRS has been forced to cancel the 2020 Youth Tour. The cancellation takes into consideration the safety of students, chaperones, and staff, as well as the restrictions on gatherings, curtailment of transportation, and access to Capitol Hill and the FCC. FRS and WRCTC are very disappointed the 25th annual Youth Tour will not be taking place this summer, but we hope you understand.

When we say FREE, we mean it – Free airline tickets, free hotel room, free meals, free entertainment and more! But remember to bring some spending money for souvenirs! You won’t want to leave without a part of Washington, D.C. And, WRCTC isn’t just sending one student, but TWO!

Join students from across the U.S. for the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Tour to WASHINGTON, D.C. on June 1–5, 2019!

To apply for this trip, please submit a typed 500-word essay with a cover sheet on the following topic:

“In your opinion, how can we as a rural community have a bigger
voice in America?”

All essays must be accompanied by a second page which includes the following information: name, date of birth, school, grade in 2019-2020, recent picture, parent or guardian’s name, address, phone number and your e-mail address.

Essays must be postmarked by March 6, 2020.

Please submit essays to: Attn: Rachel Eggebo


PO Box 39

Bison, SD 57620

OR email to

Questions? Call 777 or 605-244-5213

Students must be 16 or 17 years of age at the time of the tour and a dependent of a WRCTC member to be eligible. All essays are judged “blindly.” This means the judges do not know who wrote the essays. All personal information will be removed prior to judging the essays.

Sierra S. from Lemmon wrote this about her trip:

I do not even know where to begin with a thank you. This has been an amazing trip that I will never forget. I had so many firsts on this trip, including first flight – that was both amazing and exhilarating at the same time. First time at the capital. First time ever talking to one of the FCC commissioners – Mrs. Clyburn. First time at the Smithsonians and Mount Vernon and so, so many more!

Talk to anyone who has gone on this FREE trip, and they will tell you, “IT’S AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE!”