Madison Samora, a Yosemite High School alumni and freshman at Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo, was selected to receive a $1,000 academic scholarship by the Foundation for Rural Education and Development. Nominated by Sierra Telephone, the award is based on merit and demonstrated commitment to rural life. Samora is majoring in architectural engineering and plans to transfer to Cal Poly.
The federation selected 53 students from rural areas throughout the United States who were nominated by rural independent telephone companies and cooperatives. A total of $75,000 in scholarships was awarded this year, which brings the total scholarship amount to $1.2 million.
The Foundation for Rural Education is a national charitable foundation located in Washington, DC that was founded in 1989. The foundation's scholarship program, now in its 21st year, is made possible through the generosity of more than 500 small, independent telephone companies operating in rural areas across the United States and Canada.
Cindy Huber, from Sierra Telephone, wrote a letter of recommendation on behalf of Samora so that her application could be accepted and reviewed.
"The foundation strives to promote education and development in rural areas," Hueber said. "Small telephone companies, including Sierra Telephone, are a valuable asset to their rural communities and Sierra Telephone and the foundation are helping to create educational opportunities for rural America's greatest resource -- our younger generations.
"We are thrilled to award this prestigious scholarship to Madison Samora," said Melissa Korzuch, the foundation's executive director. "She was selected among an outstanding group of young people to represent 'the best of the best'. "