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Young Awarded FRED Scholarship

Caitlin YoungCaitlin Young, Russell, a sophomore at Barclay College in Haviland and a 2012 graduate from Prairie Winds School, was selected by the Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED) to receive a $2,500 academic scholarship, sponsored by Nex-Tech.

FRED is a national 501(c)(3) charitable foundation located in Washington, D.C., and founded in 1989 by the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO). Its mission is to promote educational, social, and economic development in rural America and Canada.

Foundation Director Melissa Korzuch said, "This year we awarded $75,000 in scholarships to 53 students from rural areas throughout the United States, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the OPASTCO member companies." Nex-Tech is one of more than 1,000 small, independent telecommunications companies that supports this program through its membership to OPASTCO. Only OPASTCO member companies are eligible to nominate a student.

Rhonda Goddard, Nex-Tech's chief operating officer for regulated services, wrote a letter of recommendation on behalf of Young so that her application could be reviewed and accepted. "Caitlin Young is interested in serving children through youth ministries. Driven by her faith and her passion for children, I believe she is on track to reach any goals she wishes to attain. Being awarded the FRED Scholarship will help her continue her college education and, in turn, enable her to make a positive impact on rural students and communities." FRED will send the scholarship to Barclay College on her behalf.

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