2017 Scholarship Winners
The Midsouth Chapter attended the Telecommunications Association of the Southeast’s (TELSE) Summer Symposium in June and awarded over $20,000 to 15 students through the Billy D. Young Telephone Pioneer Memorial #Scholarship. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Young dedicated his career to telecommunications, working with several companies in Mississippi and Alabama. The scholarship was established in his memory to support current high school seniors and undergraduate college students who are dependent children or grandchildren of an employee of a TELSE member company or the ITPA Mid-South Chapter. Selection of scholars is based on a number of factors with special emphasis on each individual’s character, personal merit, and background. Merit is demonstrated in a variety of ways: leadership in school, civic, and other extracurricular activities; academic achievement; and motivation to serve and succeed in all endeavors.
$5,000 winner: Rachael Marie Weems, TEC
$3,000 winner: Zoe Bradyn Terrell, Franklin Telephone Co.
$3,000 winner: Abby Joan Williams, Farmers Telecommunications
Shelby Danielle Shows, Franklin Telephone Co.
Zachary Addison Stewart, NECA
Michael Chase Buckles, Franklin Telephone Co.
Bailey Karstin Holloway, Farmers Telecommunications
Jordan Ryan Rodgers, Bruce Telephone Company
Anna Grance Wilson, Franklin Telephone Co.
Shelley Aleshia King, OTelco
Rebecca Leigh Weems, TEC
Armand Barry Williams, Jr., Franklin Telephone Co.