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Since 1995, the NTCA Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) has hosted an annual Youth Tour for thousands of high school students from across rural America. The Youth Tour provides an opportunity for students to visit our nation’s capital and learn about rural broadband—and share their community’s story with key legislative, regulatory and government figures as well as a forum for them to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities.
Each year Blackfoot Communications sponsors up to two high school students with an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC. The winner(s) will join over 100 students from across the country for a 4-day tour and explore the city, hear from experts at the FCC and Congress, and discuss how to make our rural communities better. Qualifying high school students, aged 16-17 at the time of the June 2022 Tour, and whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) are current Blackfoot Communications Montana/Idaho residential customers are eligible to complete this Application.
The FRS Youth Tour is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1, through Sunday, June 5, 2022.
The Blackfoot Student Application requires a Letter of Recommendation from a community member and answering a short Essay Question: "Many schools have shifted to remote/virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, at some point. From your unique perspective, describe any challenges or advantages you have experienced using remote/virtual learning during the pandemic."
DEADLINE: February 28, 2022. Late entries will not be accepted.
All attendees at the 2022 FRS Youth Tour will be required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
FRS will follow all current NTCA protocols related to health and safety. You can see the current protocols here. The NTCA FRS covid policies are subject to change and registrants will be notified as quickly as possible should this event be cancelled due to these policies. Vaccine verification will only be asked for if student is selected to represent Blackfoot Communications through the FRS Student Information Packet.
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