Educational Programs & Scholarships
Supporting area schools in their efforts to educate our young people has always been a priority for Granite State Communications. From offering scholarships to students within our serving area, to providing schools and libraries with free high speed Internet access through our Education Link program, supporting our communities’ youth is at the forefront of our goal to be reliable neighbors.
Need Help Financing Your College Education?
Scholarship opportunities are available to students living within the Granite State Communications service area. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. To be eligible, candidates must be a customer of Granite State Communications, which serves the following towns: Chester, Dunbarton, East Deering, Hillsboro Upper Village, Sandown, Washington, Weare, and Windsor. Both high school seniors and students already attending post-secondary schooling are eligible to apply.
The scholarships valued at $1,500–$5,000 are sponsored by the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS). FRS was established in 1994 in cooperation with NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association, that seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life throughout rural America by advancing an understanding of rural telecommunications issues. In keeping with its mission, furthering education of rural youth is one of the foundation’s primary focuses. Granite State Communications is a member of NTCA and is proud to support FRS in this worthy endeavor.
Students who apply for an FRS scholarship are automatically eligible for one of two Granite State Communications scholarships valued at $1,000 each. Applications can be downloaded from the FRS website at frs.org. If you need additional information regarding the scholarships available through FRS, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the program’s inception in 1994, Granite State Communications has awarded over $41,000 to New Hampshire students aspiring to further their education.
Education Link – Bringing Internet to Schools & Libraries
Granite State Communications provides free high speed Internet access to qualifying schools and libraries within our service area. We equip interested schools and libraries with telephone service, unlimited access to the Internet, and email free of charge. Schools and libraries located in the Chester/Sandown (887), Hillsboro Upper Village (478), Washington (495), and Weare (529) telephone exchanges of Granite State Communications are eligible to participate in this program.
John Stark Regional High School (JSRHS) in Weare has received complimentary service over twenty years:
“Granite State Communications’ generous upgrade of our connection to fiber optic has dramatically increased our bandwidth, which will help us continue to use technology to promote the teaching and learning in our school. We appreciate the tremendous support of our professional learning community.”
– Stephen Law, director of technology at JSRHS
For further information about Granite State Communications’ Education Link program, send an email to info@myGSC.com or call 529-9911 or 1-800-559-9900 (outside NH).
Have Granite State Communications Visit Your School
One of our most important outreach programs focuses on educating children of all ages on the operations, history, and future growth of the telecommunications industry. Working with local teachers, Granite State Communications is able to offer itself as a resource to enhance existing curriculum, enrich learning, and help give students a greater understanding of the many different career paths open to them in the telecommunications industry.
If you are interested in having GSC speak at your school, send an email to info@myGSC.com, or call 603-529-9911.