Over 24 years of positive leadership
Since 1993, the Education Foundation scholarship program has helped dreams come true for more than 560 outstanding students and continues each year. The program’s initiative is to provide higher education financial support to well qualified high school seniors across the Plateau service area. Through competitive application, each student is selected by a committee comprised of members of the Board of Directors. Funds are derived from unclaimed or donated capital credits.
Number of Scholarships Awarded
Number of Students Helped
Total Amount of Funds Awarded
Committed to Excellence Scholarship
Committed to Excellence Scholarship Winners for 2018 are:
$1,500 Tonie Martinez Memorial Committed to Excellence Endowment Scholarship recipient is:
- Francisco Enrique Romero – Santa Rosa High School
2018 FRS Scholarship
Plateau is pleased to announce that Tamia M. Higgins and Danika E. Nelson are each recipients of college scholarships from the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), the philanthropic arm of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA). Ms. Higgins won one of 33 $2,500 FRS Scholarships and is graduate of Fort Sumner High School. Ms. Nelson won the sole $7,000 Everett Kneece Scholarship, in honor of the generous philanthropist who had a passion for rural America, and is a graduate of Texico High School.
The FRS scholarship program awarded over $107,500 in scholarships to 53 rural youth across the United States. The goal of the scholarship program is to help further higher education opportunities among rural high school students. To be eligible, recipients must be sponsored by an NTCA member system and must indicate a desire to return to their rural communities once their collegiate studies have been completed. Plateau is an active member of the NTCA and is excited to be a part of this worthy program.
“Our team at FRS looks forward to scholarship season each year—recognizing students who have proven their academic prowess and showcase a remarkable love and appreciation for their communities reminds us why what we do each and every day has such a real, tangible impact," said FRS Executive Director Jessica Golden. "We thank all of our donors who make this program possible and wish all awardees the best in their future endeavors.”
A full list of scholarship winners is available online at www.frs.org/programs/scholarships#winners.
2018 Educational Foundation Scholarship
Education Foundation Scholarship Winners for 2018 are:
$8,000 Robert M. Harris Memorial Scholarship recipients are:
- Mikayla D. Garnand – Santa Rosa High School
- Avery Madison Lee – Grady High School
- Abigail Anne Wilton – Fort Sumner High School
- (This scholarship honors Plateau's first full-time general manager, Robert M. Harris.)
$8,000 Evelyn Patterson Memorial Scholarship recipients are:
- Danika Elise Nelson – Texico High School
- Holly Lynn Perez – Vaughn High School
- Jaidyn Elizabeth Swartz – Springer High School
- (This scholarship is named in honor of the Cooperative's first employee, Evelyn Patterson.)
$3,000 Banner Scholarships recipients are:
- Kabel Aaron Brooks – Clovis High School
- Kreston Edward Butterfield – Fort Sumner High School
- Conner Addison Cox – Corona High School
- Matthew Ryan Dale – Farwell High School
- Estrella Samantha Encinias – West Las Vegas High School
- Brianna Renee Fong – Clayton High School
- Jazmin Cleopatra Regalado Hernandez – Fort Sumner High School
- Cheyenne Lee Horne – Logan High School
- Kaylee Jayce Miller – Texico High School
- Jake Cooper Mitchell – Clayton High School
- Jack Everett Palla – Clovis High School
- Brent J. Racher – Corona High School
- Trevellion James Rinestine – Logan High School
- Jadyn Alexis Romero – Santa Rosa High School
- Rebecca Rae Rush – Melrose High School
- Noah Nathan Saiz – Santa Rosa High School
- Vicki Skyler Saul – Grady High School
- Jessica Marie Stanton – Fort Sumner High School
- Shelby Claire Stone – Logan High School
- Brock Thompson – Texico High School
- Aislyn Taylor Trujillo – Santa Rosa High School
- Kaitlyn Jessika Ulibarri – Santa Rosa High School
- Abigayl Erika Vigil – Clayton High School
- Brant Damon West – Fort Sumner High School
- Charity Bess Wilson –Texico High School
Named as alternates are:
- Peyton Lane Lewis – Fort Sumner High School
- Cambry Deanne Dudley-Lujan – Logan High School
- Coltin Garrett Roach – Logan High School
- Jordyn Don Stowe – House High School
Check back later this winter for details of the 2018 College Scholarship Program.
Tom M. Phelps Scholarship
$2,000 Tom M. Phelps Scholarship recipients are:
- Autumn McMath – West Texas A&M University
- Hailey Rowland – Eastern New Mexico University
- Angelique Tenorio – New Mexico Highlands University
Innovation in Schools Grant Program
Plateau offers opportunities for schools and school staff within its Cooperative service area to obtain financial support to improve teaching and learning activities. School districts, schools, departments within schools, teacher groups or individual teachers can request a grant for a maximum of $5,000 to foster innovation in teaching with a special emphasis on the use of broadband internet as a learning tool. Multiple applications from the same school or school district will be considered, as long as the requests are clearly separated and for different purposes.
Innovation in Schools Grant Application
Public Safety Education Grants
Rural public safety agencies are often at a disadvantage in expanding their knowledge and meeting mandated training requirements due to a lack of funds available from the municipalities or counties in which they serve. Most rural communities have volunteers who assist in both fire-fighting and emergency medical response.
To assist with the training and educational costs associated with maintaining well-trained and certified law enforcement and fire protection officers, Plateau awards grants to rural communities, municipalities, and public safety departments (whether paid or volunteer) associated with the communities within the Cooperative service area.
To better strengthen and develop communities served by the Cooperative, a “no-match” grant fund has been established, “Public Safety Education Grant Fund”, which will award up to $5,000 per award to be used for those purposes described under the eligibility requirements.
Public Safety Education Grant Application
Nuestros Vecinos "Our Neighbors" Matching Grant Program
Rural communities are often at a disadvantage in expanding jobs, creating opportunities for new businesses, or retaining existing small business operations. Barriers associated with geographic isolation, low market density, deteriorating infrastructure, and high unemployment rates underscore the need for community development. To better strengthen and develop communities served by the Cooperative, a matching grant program has been established, Nuestros Vecinos—“Our Neighbors” (“the Grant Program”).
Matching grants are available to rural communities, municipalities, or other non-profit groups that have a desire to remove barriers that inhibit growth and development—especially those obstacles that may hinder economic development. To demonstrate the company’s intent to be a good neighbor, a fund has been established that will allow up to $10,000 to be matched for those purposes.
Matching Grant Categories
- Economic Development and Business Assistance - Support for communities in their efforts to create new jobs, and to provide incentives for prospective or newly developing industries or to meet business/industry requirements for employment, especially those that are newly locating to the Cooperative service area. (maximum grant amount - $10,000)
- Economic Development Fund - To support and fund non-profit economic development organizations in the Cooperative service area for the purposes of creating jobs and economic sustainability. (Organizations such as economic development corporations established in the communities to assist in creating jobs for the region.) (maximum grant amount - $5,000)
- Disaster and Emergency Assistance - A fund established to support locally or regionally declared disaster recovery efforts due to storms, fires, floods or other unanticipated causes. (maximum grant amount - $5,000)
- Community Sponsorships* - Support for those services, activities, events, recreational or any other projects that are endorsed or sponsored by a fully sanctioned body such as a municipality, county, local government, Chamber of Commerce or Economic Development Organization that contributes to the economic viability, health or safety, or general well-being of those residing within the Cooperative service area, including any major events that would assist in the increase in gross receipts tax for that community. (maximum grant amount - $5,000)
*Applications will only be considered if funds are available. The committee will then recommend grant requests based on availability of funds to the Board of Directors. The Board may also impose specific repayment provisions that would require repayment of all or a portion of the awarded grant in the event that grant recipient ceases operations within a specified period of time
- Projects for which matching funds are to be used must be located in the Cooperative or Plateau Telecommunications service areas. Grant recipients in the Cooperative service area must purchase retail communication services from the Cooperative or commit to obtaining service prior to payment of any grant funds. Service must be maintained for a minimum period of 12 months. Grants awarded to entities located outside the Cooperative service area, but within the Plateau Telecommunications service area, will be in the form of credit for retail communication services provided by Plateau Telecommunications.
- Applications requesting matching funds must be endorsed by a local governmental entity, a group, or individuals who have a bona fide interest in economic or community development. Examples would be a chamber of commerce or economic development organization. Individuals participating in the project must not derive direct, personal benefit from an award of funds.
- A completed application form and business plan detailing the intended use of the matching funds must be submitted for review and approval by the Board of Directors or its designees.
- In the case of an Economic Development and Business Assistance grant request, before an application can be deemed complete, the recipient organization must also provide a detailed three year business plan (including projected financial results) and satisfactory proof that qualifying capital (qualifying capital is defined as a combination of cash, property and inventory equal to the amount of the requested grant) is available for the Grant Program to match. The nature of this accounting can vary, but may include bank statements, audit reports, property appraisal reports and copy of property ownership deed or receipt of funds from other grants. To be eligible for the maximum grant amount ($10,000), the proposed project business plan must include documentation that a minimum of two (2) full time equivalent (FTE) jobs (40 hours per week) will be created within 12 months of the grant award date. (Note: Failure to achieve the number of new jobs specified within 12 months will obligate the grant recipient to reimburse the Cooperative up to 50 percent of the grant amount received.)
- Grant recipients have the responsibility of accounting for the eligibility of all matching funds utilized, and their records are subject to audit upon request. Failure to comply could result in action to allow the Grant Program to recover previously granted funds. Final receipts supporting the intended use and consumption of funds must be filed with the Grant Program within one year (12 months) of receipt of grant funds. No loans will be made by the program.
- Awards of matching funds can be made during the course of the fiscal year (January 1- December 31) or until which time the fund is depleted. At the discretion of the Board of Directors, the grant award may be paid out over a series of months. The intent of the matching funds program is to broadly distribute available funding to those applicants residing throughout the Cooperative service area. Projects that are uniquely different and independent from one another may be considered for separate funding. However, in the case of Economic Development and Business Assistance and Community Sponsorship grants, no single entity may receive more than the maximum grant amount ($10,000) annually. In addition, any entity receiving an Economic Development and Business Assistance grant shall not be eligible to receive another such grant for a period of two years (24 months). Any grant awarded must be expended in accordance with the request, or as modified in the grant. If any monies are not spent as requested or as granted, such money shall be returned to the Grant Program.
- After one year (12 months) unused, remaining, or uncommitted matched funds shall revert back to the Grant Program in accordance with the Grant Program repayment agreement.
- Any existing or proposed business that generates more than 25 percent of its annual revenues through the sale of alcohol, tobacco or other sources of revenue deemed objectionable by the Board of Directors, shall not be eligible to receive a grant.
Application Forms Request
Application forms or additional information may be received by contacting:
Nuestros Vecinos — “Our Neighbors” (“Matching Grant Program”)
Attn: Launa Waller
P.O. Box 1947
Clovis, NM 88102
The deadline for submission of applications is the 15th of each month
Nuestros Vecinos Grant Application
Member Education Grant
Funds are to be awarded on a one-time basis and the amount of the award shall not exceed $3,500. Eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:
Member Education Grant Application
Applicant must have earned a vocational certificate or associate, bachelor or graduate
school degree from a regionally accredited institution within six months of applying. Proof
of certification or diploma are required.
Applicant must provide proof of payment to a regionally accredited institution for tuition, books
and/or class fees. Award amounts will be based on proof of receipt for applicant’s payments
made for actual expenses.
Grants will not be awarded to dependents of Cooperative members. Applicant must be
an active Cooperative member who is currently purchasing retail communication services in the Cooperative service area. (
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NOTE: The purchase of retail communication service outside the Cooperative area does not qualify.)
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org Eligible applications must be
addressed as follows and will be accepted on a first come, first reviewed basis until a total of four awards are approved in a 12 month calendar year:
Plateau Education Foundation
Member Education Grant
Post Office Box 1947
Clovis, NM 88102-1947
Scholarships & Grants Eligibility
Service Area Eligibility
For the purposes of scholarships & grants eligibility, a Cooperative member is defined as a person, business or organization that receives landline telephone service from a Central Office located within the Cooperative’s service area. Phone numbers beginning with these prefixes will generally qualify as Cooperative memberships.
As a member-owned cooperative, Plateau takes great pride in supporting community needs throughout our service area. As an investment in the future of the area citizens, this company has historically supported, through financial contributions, those programs and projects that encourage youth, build communities through partnerships and in education.
Employees of Plateau generously give of their time and resources where they live, raise their families, work and play. For over sixty five years, the company has participated in and assisted with community projects, school activities, youth sports, local government and other non-profit group activities. In addition, the Board of Directors recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities, especially for those events or programs that impact the communities served. Thousands of dollars have been allocated for such activities and for student scholarships and economic development efforts throughout the region.