Over 24 years of positive leadership
Since 1993, the Education Foundation scholarship program has helped dreams come true for more than 590 outstanding students and continues each year. The program’s initiative is to provide higher education financial support to well qualified high school seniors across the Plateau service area. Through competitive application, each student is selected by a committee comprised of members of the Board of Directors. Funds are derived from unclaimed or donated capital credits.
Number of Scholarships Awarded
Number of Students Helped
Total Amount of Funds Awarded
Committed to Excellence Scholarship
Congratulations to the 2020 Committed to Excellence Endowment Scholarships and the Tonie Martinez Memorial Scholarship
$1,500 Committed to Excellence Endowment Scholarships
- Cameron Griego – Santa Rosa High School
- Korey Allen Padilla – Santa Rosa High School
$1,500 Tonie Martinez Memorial Scholarship
- Chantilly Allyn Fulgham – Melrose High School
Application deadline has passed. Please check back after May 1 for the list of scholarships awarded.
Educational Foundation Scholarship
Congratulations to the 2020 Education Foundation scholarship winners!
$8,000 Robert M. Harris Memorial Scholarships
- Jordan Noel Sanchez – Santa Rosa High School
- Kassadie Louise Tindle – Clovis High School
- Rae-anne Elizabeth Jane Williamson – Fort Sumner High School
$8,000 Evelyn Patterson Memorial Scholarships
- Koelle Denae Brandenberger – Capitan High School
- Laren Lane A. Cabilla – Clayton High School
- Luke Andrew Phipps – Texico High School
$3,000 Banner Scholarships
- Shawn Paul Agar – Santa Rosa High School
- Elyse Jordan Chavez – Santa Rosa High School
- Teghan Janaye Copeland – Fort Sumner High School
- Seth Leon Cordova – Santa Rosa High School
- Jaycie Grace Deason – Clayton High School
- Spring R. Flowers – Mosquero High School
- Eva Marie Gallegos – Santa Rosa High School
- Shyanne Nikole Jones – Farwell High School
- Reagan Kathleen Kenyon – Fort Sumner High School
- Jason Clay Knight – Logan High School
- Gemma Marie Martin – Texico High School
- Kyra Shanay Maxwell – Mosquero High School
- Shannon Heather May – Melrose High School
- Kaylee Jewel Mitchell – Clayton High School
- Delaney Frances Oberg – Fort Sumner High School
- Ryan Cody Perkins – Clovis High School
- Jaide Esmeralda Roberts – Logan High School
- Kesleah Jean Shields – Logan High School
- Ryen Gabrielle Stone – Logan High School
- Camry Elizabeth Sullivan – Clayton High School
- Sydney Laine Waller – Texico High School
- Victoria Elizabeth Gutierrez – Farwell High School
- Jayden Grace Johnson – San Jon High School
- Nathaniel Leigh Kneitz – San Jon High School
- Chisum Rye Rush – Grady High School
- Ainsley Kei Actkinson – Farwell High School
- Marisa Alianna Armijo – West Las Vegas High School
- Mesa Grace Modisette – Logan High School
- Jantzen Lane Paris – Logan High School
- Dylan Valentine – Melrose High School
- Karli Mae Webb – Logan High School
Tom M. Phelps Scholarship
Congratulations to the 2020 Tom M. Phelps Scholarship winners
$2,000 Tom M. Phelps Scholarship
- Matthew Dale – Eastern New Mexico University
- Garrett Ethan Wright – New Mexico State University
Innovation in Schools Grant Program
Plateau offers opportunities for schools and school staff within its Cooperative service area to obtain financial support to improve teaching and learning activities. School districts, schools, departments within schools, teacher groups or individual teachers can request a grant for a maximum of $5,000 to foster innovation in teaching with a special emphasis on the use of broadband internet as a learning tool. Multiple applications from the same school or school district will be considered, as long as the requests are clearly separated and for different purposes.
Innovation in Schools Grant Application
Public Safety Education Grants
Rural public safety agencies are often at a disadvantage in expanding their knowledge and meeting mandated training requirements due to a lack of funds available from the municipalities or counties in which they serve. Most rural communities have volunteers who assist in both fire-fighting and emergency medical response.
To assist with the training and educational costs associated with maintaining well-trained and certified law enforcement and fire protection officers, Plateau awards grants to rural communities, municipalities, and public safety departments (whether paid or volunteer) associated with the communities within the Cooperative service area.
To better strengthen and develop communities served by the Cooperative, a “no-match” grant fund has been established, “Public Safety Education Grant Fund”, which will award up to $5,000 per award to be used for those purposes described under the eligibility requirements.
Public Safety Education Grant Application
Nuestros Vecinos "Our Neighbors" Matching Grant Program
Rural communities are often at a disadvantage in expanding jobs, creating opportunities for new businesses, or retaining existing small business operations. Barriers associated with geographic isolation, low market density, deteriorating infrastructure, and high unemployment rates underscore the need for community development. To better strengthen and develop communities served by the Cooperative, a matching grant program has been established, Nuestros Vecinos—“Our Neighbors” (“the Grant Program”).
Matching grants are available to rural communities, municipalities, or other non-profit groups that have a desire to remove barriers that inhibit growth and development—especially those obstacles that may hinder economic development. To demonstrate the company’s intent to be a good neighbor, a fund has been established that will allow up to $10,000 to be matched for those purposes.
Matching Grant Categories
Economic Development and Business Assistance - Support for communities in their efforts to create new jobs,
provide incentives for prospective or newly developing industries or to meet business/industry requirements for employment,
especially those that are newly locating to the Cooperative service area. (maximum grant amount - $10,000)
Economic Development Fund - To support and fund non-profit economic development organizations in the
Cooperative service area for the purposes of creating jobs and economic sustainability. (One example would be an
economic development organization established in a community to assist in creating jobs for the region.) (maximum grant amount - $5,000)
Disaster and Emergency Assistance - A fund established to support locally or regionally declared disaster
recovery efforts due to storms, fires, floods or other unanticipated causes. (maximum grant amount - $5,000)
Community Sponsorships* - Support for those services, activities, events, recreational or other projects
endorsed or sponsored by a fully-sanctioned body such as a municipality, county, local government, chamber of commerce
or economic development organization that contributes to the economic viability, health or safety, or general well-being
of those residing within the Cooperative service area (maximum grant amount - $5,000)
*Applications will only be considered if funds are available. The committee will then recommend grant requests based on availability of funds to the Board of Directors.
Projects for which matching funds are to be used must be located in the Cooperative or Plateau Telecommunications
service areas. Grant recipients in the Cooperative service area must be purchasing retail communications service or obtain
retail communications service prior to payment of any grant funds. The service must be maintained for a minimum period of
12 months. Grants awarded to entities located outside the Cooperative service areas, but within Plateau Telecommunications
service areas, will be in the form of a partial credit for communications products/services provided by Plateau Telecommunications.
Applications requesting matching funds must be endorsed by a local governmental entity, a group, or individuals who
have a bona fide interest in economic or community development. Examples would be a chamber of commerce or economic
development organization. Individuals participating in the project must not derive direct, personal benefit from an award of funds.
A completed application form and business plan detailing the intended use of the matching funds must be submitted
for review and approval by the Board of Directors or its designees.
This is a matching grant program. An applicant must contribute the same amount as the amount awarded.
For example, if an applicant is awarded a $5,000 grant, they must provide a $5,000 match. Satisfactory proof that qualifying
capital (qualifying capital is defined as a combination of cash, property and inventory equal to the amount of the requested
grant) is available for the Grant Program to match. The nature of this accounting can vary, but may include bank statements,
audit reports, property appraisal reports and copy of property ownership deed or receipt of funds from other grants.
In the case of an Economic Development and Business Assistance grant request, before an application can be deemed
complete, the recipient must also provide a detailed three (3) year business plan, including projected financial results. To be
eligible for the maximum grant amount ($10,000), the proposed project business plan must include documentation that a minimum of
two (2) full-time equivalent (FTE) positions (40 hours per week) will be created within 12 months of the grant award date. An
applicant committing to create one (1) FTE position would be eligible to apply for no more than $5,000.00. The FTE position
count excludes the owner(s) of the business. No award may be used to pay salaries to the owners or employees of the entity.
Grant recipients have the responsibility of accounting for the proper utilization of all matching funds, and their
records are subject to audit upon request. Final receipts supporting the intended use and consumption of funds must be filed
with the Grant Program within one year (12 months) of receipt of grant funds. No loans will be made by the program. Failure to
comply with the program requirements will result in the Grant Program taking action to recover previously granted funds. In the
event the business ceases or materially reduces operations within 12 months of the receipt of grant funds, the recipient is
required to repay the funds in full.
Awards of matching funds can be made during the course of the fiscal year (January 1- December 31) or until which time the
fund is depleted. At the discretion of the Board of Directors, the grant award may be paid out over a series of months. Projects
that are uniquely different and independent from one another may be considered for separate funding. However no single entity may
receive more than $10,000 annually or $25,000 in perpetuity. In addition, any entity receiving an Economic Development and Business
Assistance grant shall not be eligible to receive another such grant for a period of two years (24 months). Any grant awarded must
be expended in accordance with the original request or with an approved modification. If any monies are not spent as requested or
as granted, said funds shall be returned to the Grant Program.
After one year (12 months) unused, remaining, or uncommitted matched funds shall revert back to the Grant Program in
accordance with the Grant Program repayment agreement.
Any existing or proposed business that generates more than 25 percent of its annual revenues through the sale of alcohol,
tobacco or other sources of revenue deemed objectionable by the Board of Directors, shall not be eligible for a grant.
Application Forms Request
Application forms or additional information may be received by contacting:
Nuestros Vecinos — “Our Neighbors” (“Matching Grant Program”)
Attn: Launa Waller
P.O. Box 1947
Clovis, NM 88102
The deadline for submission of applications is the 10th of each month
Nuestros Vecinos Grant Application
Member Education Grant
Funds are to be awarded on a one-time basis and the amount of the award shall not exceed
$3,500. Eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:
Member Education Grant Application
Applicant must have earned a vocational certificate or associate, bachelor or graduate school degree from a regionally accredited institution within 6 months of applying. Proof of certification or diploma is required.
Applicant must provide proof of payment to a regionally accredited institution for tuition, books and/or class fees. Award amounts will be based on proof of receipt for applicant’s payments made for actual expenses paid for by the applicant
Grants will not be awarded to dependents of Cooperative members. Applicant must be an active Cooperative member1 who is currently purchasing retail communication services in one of the Cooperative’s 26 service exchange areas. (Click here to view Cooperative Service Exchanges to check eligibility)
The service must have been in the applicant’s name for the previous six (6) months from the application date.
NOTE: Purchasing retail communication services outside the listed Cooperative exchange areas does not qualify.
Questions may be directed to email@example.com Eligible applications must be addressed as follows and will be accepted on a first come, first reviewed basis until a total of four awards are approved in a 12 month calendar year:
Plateau Education Foundation
Member Education Grant
Post Office Box 1947
Clovis, NM 88102-1947
Scholarships & Grants Eligibility
Service Area Eligibility
For the purpose of scholarship & grant eligibility, an active Cooperative member is defined as a person, business or organization that purchases retail communication services within the Cooperative's service area. Subscriptions to Plateau services outside these areas do not qualify. Retail communication services generally include landline telephone and/or broadband internet.
As a member-owned cooperative, Plateau takes great pride in supporting community needs throughout our service area. As an investment in the future of the area citizens, this company has historically supported, through financial contributions, those programs and projects that encourage youth, build communities through partnerships and in education.
Employees of Plateau generously give of their time and resources where they live, raise their families, work and play. For over sixty five years, the company has participated in and assisted with community projects, school activities, youth sports, local government and other non-profit group activities. In addition, the Board of Directors recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities, especially for those events or programs that impact the communities served. Thousands of dollars have been allocated for such activities and for student scholarships and economic development efforts throughout the region.