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2019 Scholarship Award Winners

Updated: Oct 28, 2020

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.

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Awardees!

$5,000 winner: Lainey Kaylin Woods, Franklin Telephone Company

$3,000 winner: Morgan Lee Richey, Farmers Telecommunications Coop.

$3,000 winner: Mattie Olivia Pair, Farmers Telecommunications Coop.

$1,000 winners: Alexa Jade Bailey (Farmers Telecommunications Coop.), Cameron Howard Buckles (Franklin Telephone Company), Kaytlin Jo Conners (Pine Belt Wireless), Braden Dean Ezell (Franklin Telephone Company), Vance Hunter Gray (Farmers Telecommunications Coop.), Brandon Allen Hartfield (Franklin Telephone Company), Ty Dean Hooks (Mon-Cre Telephone Cooperative), Destiny Paige Hopkins (Bruce Telephone Company), Abby Mae Kendall (Electricom), Victoria Alyssa-Morgan Patrick (TELSE), Andrew Jerrod Powell (Fail Telecommunications Corp.), and Olivia Nicole Willard (Pinebelt Telephone).

Pictured is Mid-South Chapter President, Mark West, presenting Abby Kendall with her scholarship certificate at the TELSE Summer Symposium. The scholarship will open for 2020 submissions later this year.

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