A May graduate of Linn R-1 High School at Purdin, Lauren Russell, is the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from GRM Networks and the Foundation for Rural Service.
GRM Networks, headquartered at Princeton, provided $500 of that amount.
Lauren Russell will attend Northwest Missouri State University at Maryville, where she plans to major in microbiology and genetics.
The scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors receiving local
telecommunications service from GRM Networks. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited 2 year or 4 year college or university, or a vocational technical school. They also must have at least a āCā grade point average.
Nationwide, the Foundation for Rural Service scholarship program awarded over $98,000 in scholarships to rural youths. 36 scholarships were given this year from more than 1,500 applications.
GRM Networks says the goal of the program is to help further higher education opportunities among rural high school students.
Recipients were selected by an independent team of reviewers from the education field. Recipients are required to be sponsored by a Rural Broadband Association member system. They must indicate a desire to return to their rural communities once their collegiate studies have been completed.