Vocational and Career Scholarship Program

Objectives

Among the Education Foundation's many goals is the desire to improve educational opportunities for the youth of the Cooperative's service area. Since 1993, the Education Foundation has awarded over $1.6 million in scholarships and grants to deserving students from the Cooperative's service area.

Those interested may complete this application and mail it to:


Education Foundation Committee,
c/o Plateau,
P.O. Box 1947,
7111 N. Prince St.,
Clovis, New Mexico 88102-1947

For questions, call 575.389.4387 or 1.800.432.2369 ext 4387. All applications must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2023.


Vocational Careers

2023 Scholarship Amounts and Distribution

2 - $5,000 Vocational Careers Scholarships (disbursed over four semesters at $1,250 per semester on condition that the recipient remains a full-time student completing a full-time schedule each semester and maintains a 2.5 GPA or better each semester.)

Eligibility

  1. Have graduated from high school or obtained a GED within the past 3 years.
  2. Are a legal dependent of an active Cooperative member1 or an active Cooperative member2 who currently receives retail communication services in one of the Cooperative’s 26 service exchange areas (subscriptions to services outside the Cooperative’s exchange areas do not qualify).
  3. Are an area student planning to enroll in a vocational, trade or technical career program at an ACCSC accredited vocational school or regionally accredited college or university in the fall of 2023 (successful scholarship recipients may transfer to or from institutions without penalty as long as academic eligibility and full-time student status is maintained).

How to Apply

  1. Complete this application. It is your responsibiblity to ensure that you are qualified to apply, that the application is complete and legible, with all signatures and supporting information included.
  2. Attach a copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate.
  3. Attach exactly two (2) signed letters of recommendation to the application form. The letters must be from adults who are not related to you, who can attest to your qualifications and abilities. Supplemental materials including additional letters, resumes, or other attachments will cause the application to be removed from consideration.
  4. Attach a copy of page 1 of the member’s most current tax return listing the applicant as a dependent or page 1 of the member’s most current tax return showing the member as the filer.
  5. Additional information may be required to determine eligibility.
Vocational Careers Application

Occupational, Trade, and Technical

2023 Scholarship Amounts and Distribution

4 - $5,000 Occupational, Trade and Technical Careers Scholarships (disbursed over four semesters at $1,250 per semester on condition that the recipient remains a full-time student completing a full-time schedule each semester and maintains a 2.5 GPA or better each semester.)

Eligibility

  1. Are a graduating high school senior.
  2. Are a legal dependent of an active Cooperative member 1 or an active Cooperative member2 who currently receives retail communication services in one of the Cooperative’s 26 service exchange areas (subscriptions to services outside the Cooperative’s exchange areas do not qualify).
  3. Are an area student planning to enroll in a vocational, trade or technical career program at an ACCSC accredited vocational school or regionally accredited college or university in the fall of 2023 (successful scholarship recipients may transfer to or from institutions without penalty as long as academic eligibility and full-time student status is maintained).
  4. Are a student with a minimum 2.5 GPA or equivalent on a 4.0 scale (an authorized school official must verify the GPA on this application).

Decisions of the Education Foundation Scholarship Committee as to eligibility and scholarship award are final.

How to Apply

  1. Complete this application. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are qualified to apply, that the application is complete and legible, with all signatures and supporting information included.
  2. Obtain and attach exactly two (2) signed letters of recommendation to the application form. The first letter must be from an official (teacher, principal, counselor) of the school you are attending. The second letter should be from any other adult who can attest to your qualifications and abilities. Supplemental materials including additional letters, resumes, transcripts or other attachments will cause the application to be removed from consideration.
  3. Provide a complete copy of your current year’s FAFSA® Student Aid Report. This confirms dependency status.
  4. Additional information may be required to determine eligibility.
Occupational, Trade and Technical Application

Incomplete applications, nonqualifying applicants, unmet GPA requirements, etc. and applications containing additional attachments will be removed from consideration and returned to the applicant.

Mail the completed application form with all attachments to:


Education Foundation Committee,
c/o Plateau,
P.O. Box 1947,
7111 N. Prince St.,
Clovis, New Mexico 88102-1947

All applications must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2023.

Scholarship Award Procedures

The scholarship program is very competitive and applications receive careful review by an Education Foundation Scholarship Committee comprised of Board members. The names of the applicants are concealed so the Committee does not have access to anything other than the application data. The Committee is purposely not informed of who the applicants are until all information contained in the form has been judged, rated and assigned an award status.

Scholarship winners will be notified directly after the selection process is completed.

If you have questions please contact Plateau at 1.800.432.2369 ext 4387


  1. For the purpose of scholarship eligibility, a dependent is an individual that meets the IRS rules as a qualifying child for tax purposes and is classified as a dependent student on the FAFSA Student Aid Report.
  2. For the purpose of scholarship eligibility, an active Cooperative member is defined as a person, business or organization that purchases retail communication services within the Cooperative’s service area. Retail communication services purchased in the following areas will generally qualify as Cooperative memberships — 279 (House), 355 (Fort Sumner), 357 (Grady), 372 (Weber City), 374 (Clayton), 389 (Pleasant Hill), 421 (El Valle), 422 (White Lakes), 423 (Bingham), 427 (Anton Chico), 456 (Bellview), 458 (Ragland), 472 (Santa Rosa), 481 (Farwell, TX), 485 (Roy), 487 (Logan), 575 (East Glenrio, TX), 576 (San Jon), 584 (Vaughn), 633 (Nara Visa), 641 (Trementina), 673 (Mosquero), 683 (South Clovis), 849 (Corona), 868 (Conchas Dam) or 985 (Ranchvale). Subscriptions to Plateau services outside these areas do not qualify. Retail communication services generally include landline telephone and/or broadband internet.

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