SOURCE: Blackfoot Telecommunications Group

Blackfoot Telecommunications Group

April 27, 2012 12:37 ET

Blackfoot Awards Largest Scholarship Contribution in Its History: Doubling Commitment to Local Students

MISSOULA, MT--(Marketwire - Apr 27, 2012) - Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative is pleased to announce the most substantial scholarship contribution ever approved by the Board of Trustees, doubling its annual support to $31,000. The Board recently awarded 39 scholarships through the Blackfoot Scholarship Fund which awards between $500 and $1,000 in individual scholarships to outstanding high school students or post-secondary students continuing their education in the following Fall. The goal of Blackfoot's Scholarship Fund is to support and encourage continuing education for member-owners residing in Blackfoot's service territories.

"We're thrilled to honor the high school success and future ambitions of our Cooperative students through our $31,000 in scholarship assistance. We will recognize all 39 college scholarship winners and honor these future leaders at Blackfoot's Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 5," said Bill Squires, CEO of Blackfoot. "Scholarships are just one way we can give back to our Cooperative communities. We also donated $230,000 last year to support Cooperative community events, causes and improvements including nine educational programs."

For the 2011-2012 academic year, Blackfoot received many applications from students living in Blackfoot communities throughout Western Montana. Selection criteria include: academic performance, letters of recommendation, and a personal letter of application listing activities, goals and achievements. After review, the Board of Trustees selected 39 finalists.

Arlee High School: Dustin Baker (Plains)

Alberton High School: Brian Hendrickson (Alberton); Jake Thompson (Alberton)

Charlo High School: Deondra Brown (Charlo); Dillon Delaney (St. Ignatius); Ross Fullerton (Moiese); Serena Long (Charlo); Stephanie Maughan (Missoula)

Drummond High School: Kelsey Allen (Drummond); Krystal Hooker (Ovando); Joseph Mannix (Helmville); Bridgette Oberweiser (Drummond); Breanna Robinson (Drummond)

Frenchtown High School: Carson Wabaunsee (Missoula)

Granite High School: Karissa Odgen (Philipsburg)

Noxon High School: Alana Dettwiler (Noxon); Jordyn Wilkinson (Noxon)

Plains High School: David Damschen (Plains); Brittany Spencer (Plains); Frances Winebrenner (Plains)

Powell County High School: Jonathan Beck (Avon); Mariah Forbes (Avon); Jacob Senecal (Avon); Calie Stucky (Avon)

Saint Ignatius High School: Chadd Anderson (St. Ignatius); Ashley Courville (St. Ignatius); Stephen Delaney (St. Ignatius); Jennifer Larsson (St. Ignatius); Jane Makepeace (St. Ignatius)

Seeley-Swan High School: Emily Banks (Seeley Lake); Brittany Birdsbill (Seeley Lake); Summit Parcell (Condon); Brandon Van De Riet (Seeley Lake)

Superior High School: Mackenzie Crabb (Superior); Kristina Neu-Coon (Superior)

Thompson Falls High School: Austin Fratzke (Thompson Falls); Tomara Hanks (Thompson Falls); Blade Jacobson (Thompson Falls); Jaron Laws (Thompson Falls)

About Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
Named after the Blackfoot River running through much of the territory it serves, the Blackfoot Telecommunications Group(Blackfoot) was originally established in 1954 as Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative. Blackfoot offers state-of-the-art telecommunications, Internet and data solutions to customers in Missoula and throughout Montana and Idaho. Headquartered in Missoula, Montana, Blackfoot employs more than 165 Montanans. Blackfoot can be reached at 406-541-5000 or through its web site at

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Joel Block
    Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
    Phone: (406) 541-5400
    FAX: (406) 532-5032

    1221 N. Russell St.
    Missoula, MT 59808