Scholarship and Youth Tour Info

$750 Technical Program Scholarship

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


Students currently enrolled or planning to attend a Qualified Program (listed below), submit applications by December 30, 2018.

Qualified Programs Include:

  • 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 2019 Semester or the Fall 2019 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.

For more information, please contact Rachel Eggebo at 605-244-5211 or 800-592-1803, or contact the Guidance Counselor at your school.

Requirements: Must be a member of Grand Electric and/or West River Cooperative Telephone Company (WRCTC) or a dependent of a Grand Electric/WRCTC member, must be a U.S. citizen and must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited, two-year or four-year college, university or vocational technical school.

West River Cooperative Telephone Company $500 Scholarship

(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 2019-2020 school year.

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

Deadline is March 15, 2019.

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.

FRS $2,500 Scholarship

Click here for an application.

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 March 1, 2019 AND it requires the signature of the manager, board president or designated employee. To obtain a signature, please send your scholarship application to WRCTC at PO Box 39, Bison, SD 57620 PRIOR to the March 1st deadline. Or, you can stop by our office in Bison.

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


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 2–6, 2018!

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

What it means to me to be an American.

All essays must be accompanied by a second page which includes the following information: name, date of birth, school, grade in 2017-2018, recent picture, parent or guardian’s name, address, phone number and your e-mail address.

Essays must be postmarked by March 23, 2018.

Please submit essays to: Attn: Rachel Eggebo WRCTC • PO Box 39 • Bison, SD 57620 OR email to

Questions? Call 777 or 605-244-5213

Students must be 15, 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 Sattler from Lemmon wrote this about her trip in June 2017:

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!”

Comments are closed.