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Blackfoot’s Community Support Program

Welcome to Blackfoot's portal for supporting our communities, powered by Submittable. We have streamlined our processing using this online portal for community and education applications. Please note you must first create a quick Submittable account to complete an application (see "Create Your Account" below). Once created, you can use the same account for future requests. 

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Blackfoot in Education

Blackfoot looks for ways to invest in the long-term success of our communities and are dedicated to supporting and providing educational opportunities for all ages. That’s why each year, Blackfoot contributes over $75,000 to educational endeavors. Looking ahead, we are excited to see the possibilities the future holds for today’s students.

Our support includes opportunities through several avenues:  

  • Blackfoot Scholarship: As part of our commitment to education, the Blackfoot Scholarship Fund provides academic scholarships for students from within our residential Montana and Idaho service areas. The scholarship program is designed for post-secondary students currently served by Blackfoot at either their parents’ residence or their own principal residence. Scholarship awards range from $500, up to $1,500, based on the Board Trustees' review and recommendations. 
  • DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

  •  NTCA Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Scholarships: In 2019, FRS awarded over $125,000 in scholarships in honor of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary. Each year, the Foundation gives out $2,500 scholarships to an exceptional group of rural students for their first year of college or vocational school. Additionally, several named scholarships (see FRS website for entire list) are given to a select group of the over 1,500 applicants. All applicants require sponsorship by an NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association member company (which must commit to a $500 match for each winning student) to be eligible. BLACKFOOT IS YOUR SPONSORING MEMBER COMPANY. FRS has awarded over $1 million in scholarships since its inception; empowering rural students throughout the country to advance their communities with invaluable skillsets and experiences. Please note the student application must be sent to Blackfoot for the sponsor signature before the deadline date below. 
  • For more information regarding the FRS scholarship, and to DOWNLOAD the  Application, check out the website at https://www.frs.org/programs/youth-programs/scholarships.  
  • DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2020

Questions: Email education@blackfoot.com.