STRATA Provides Opportunities For Area High School Youth

Focused on supporting the educational and career pursuits of the next generation, STRATA NETWORKS provides a variety of opportunities each year for high school juniors and seniors whose parents are members of the cooperative. This year STRATA will award nearly $50,000 to local high school graduating seniors, which will include seven $2,500 scholarships and three renewable scholarships for up to $10,000 each. In addition to the scholarship program, STRATA provides excellent opportunities for high school juniors. This spring, four high school juniors will be selected to attend the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.; and a select group of juniors will be given an opportunity to attend the annual weeklong UREA Youth Leadership Challenge at Snow College.

FRS Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

The FRS Youth Tour is an all-expense-paid educational trip for high school juniors to Washington, D.C., May 31-June 4, 2014. FRS was established by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), of which STRATA NETWORKS is a member. FRS brings together over 100 high school students from rural communities throughout the United States to Washington, D.C., for a four-day tour of the some of the most historical sites in the nation, including the Lincoln & Jefferson Memorials; Arlington National Cemetery; the Smithsonian Museums, and more.

While there, students learn about the telecommunications industry, as well as the regulatory and legislative processes. Educational sessions on these topics are greatly enhanced by site visits to the U.S. Capitol and the Federal Communications Commission, in addition to meetings with industry leaders and members of Congress.

STRATA NETWORKS will also select and sponsor a group of high school juniors to attend the annual UREA Youth Leadership Challenge, July 14-18, 2014, on the campus of Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

UREA week challenges young people to make positive changes in their lives, develop leadership skills, build self-esteem, make new friends, and have a lot of fun, while learning about how a cooperative functions. There is no cost to the students who attend.

Applications for STRATA scholarships, the FRS Youth Tour, and the UREA Youth Leadership Challenge must be returned no later than March 5, 2014. Applications can be obtained at local high school counseling offices, at any STRATA NETWORKS location in Roosevelt or Vernal, or online at

For more information please contact Tyler Rasmussen at 622-5007, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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