Golden West's 2011 scholarship program

Area high school seniors can now apply for the Golden West Telecommunications college scholarship.

This year, 44 $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students from high schools in the Golden West service area. In addition, students who attend homeschool and students whose parents live in the Golden West service area but who attend a school not included in the program are eligible for an additional at-large scholarship.

One student from each school on the program list will be chosen to receive a Golden West Scholarship.

The Golden West Scholarship Program is designed to help local students pursue degrees at vocational schools, military academies and colleges throughout the nation. Applications are available from guidance counselors at the high schools, and at-large applications can be requested by calling 777 from any Golden West telephone or by clicking on the scholarship button at www.goldenwest.com. Application deadline is Tuesday, March 15.

Golden West General Manager Denny Law said the company sees the scholarship program as a way to strengthen and build South Dakota's rural communities. "At Golden West, we understand how important it is to invest in today's latest technologies, but also the importance of investing in tomorrow's leaders. We recognize that the graduating seniors of today may be the community leaders of tomorrow who will help create greater opportunity for everyone," said Law.

Committees overseen by each school's superintendent and/or principal will select local scholarship winners, while a committee of Golden West employees will select the at-large recipient. Recipients will be chosen based on SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts and scholarship applications.

In addition, the committees will consider leadership in school, civic and other extracurricular activities, personal character and the applicant's motivation to serve and succeed. When two applicants are extremely close in qualifications, financial need will serve as a tiebreaker.

The program marks the 13th year the Golden West Telecommunications Board of Directors has funded the program.