Getting Internet in a Small Town: $500 Scholarship for Your Story

Kristin Cooke
Jul 17, 2020
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If you’ve lived in a small town for at least one year during your schooling, you’re eligible to apply for a $500 scholarship from We define a small town as any community that has a population of less than 10,000 people and is geographically removed from an urban city.

Did you know?

  • 30 million Americans living in rural areas don’t have access to broadband internet.*
  • Only 65% of rural Americans have access to broadband internet.
  • The FCC recommends students have an internet connection with download speeds of 5–25 Mbps.

Why are we offering this scholarship? is seeking to learn how the digital divide is impacting the small-town education of students who live in rural areas. We are launching this annual scholarship opportunity to help empower students from rural areas to achieve their dreams.

Who can apply: Any currently enrolled student who has lived in a small town (population of 10,000 or less) for at least one year and has a college grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale. Applicants must be currently attending an accredited college or university.

Prompt: How has living in a small town impacted your educational experience?

Word count: 300–500 words

How to apply: Apply through our online scholarship application. You’ll be asked for your name, contact info, educational institution, and a few short questions about your internet connection.

Deadline: July 1, 2020, at 11:59:59 p.m. (PDT)

Good luck!

Scholarship Recipient Announcement: Macy Dexter

Congratulations to the winner of the $500 scholarship: Macy Dexter, who is a student at Chapman University in Orange, California! Macy moved to the small coastal town of Yachats, Oregon when she was eight. She explains in her essay how her experience of living in a small town and having unstable internet at home led her to become a more resourceful and communicative student.

In order to succeed in school and get accepted to college, Macy formed study groups with students who had good internet, became her own advocate to professors, and spent many hours at computer labs after school. We applaud Macy for her creativity, diligence, and can-do attitude, and hope that the Satellite Internet scholarship will help her reach her goals.

*Broadband internet is defined by the FCC as a connection that is always on (as opposed to dial-up) with download speeds of at least 25 Mbps, according to the Federal Communications Commission's 2019 Broadband Deployment Report, p. 2.


Applicant Eligibility

Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.

Employees of, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same household of each such employee) are not eligible.

Current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students: Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale, and be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university.

Description of Funds

The recipient will receive a one-time $500 scholarship to be applied to qualified education expenses, including tuition and fees required to enroll at or attend an eligible educational institution, and course-related expenses such as fees, books, supplies, and equipment that are required for courses at the eligible educational institution for the 2020-21 academic year. Funds are provided by Payment is issued by, made payable to the student and mailed after July 22, 2020. If the funds are not used for qualified education expenses recipients shall be responsible for all applicable taxes on the funds.

Recipient Selection and Announcements

The recipient is selected after a team of judges reviews all entries, after the deadline of July 1, 2020. Applicants are judged on composition, originality, and how well they address the prompt. The recipient will be announced on July 15, 2020.

Eligible Educational Institutions

The institution must be accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants attending military academies are ineligible for this scholarship. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval.

Permissions reserves the right to alter or discontinue this program at any time without notice. All essay submissions and photographs become the property of and may be reposted or displayed online, in whole or part, without notification. shall be entitled to use, alter, or delete submissions for any purpose whatsoever without compensation to applicants.

Sponsor Information and Scholarship Conditions

The sponsor of this scholarship is whose principal office is located at 5202 W. Douglas Corrigan Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116.

There is NO APPLICATION FEE TO APPLY. Any additional consideration otherwise given by entrants will not improve one’s chances of receiving the scholarship.

Route to entry for the scholarship and details of how to enter are available via Individuals may apply by clicking on the participation link on’s website. Upon clicking the participation link, applicants will be asked to provide their name and contact information so that can notify the recipient of the results.

Closing date for applications will be July 1st, 2020 at 11:59:59pm PST. After this date no further applications will be permitted.

Only one recipient will be selected from the entire pool of eligible applicants.

Recipient will be chosen by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by

The recipient will be notified by email and/or letter on July 17th, 2020. If the recipient cannot be contacted or does not claim the scholarship within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the scholarship from the recipient and pick a replacement recipient. will notify the recipient how the scholarship can be collected.

The recipient will receive a one-time $500 scholarship to be applied to qualified education expenses.

The scholarship is not transferable.

The recipient agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the recipient or any other applicants will be used solely in accordance with current federal and state data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the applicant’s prior consent.

The recipient’s name will be available 35 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address:

Scholarship Coordinator

5202 W. Douglas Corrigan Way, Suite 300

Salt Lake City, UT 84116’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the scholarship will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. accepts no responsibility for applications not received for whatever reason. reserves the right to cancel or amend the scholarship and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of’s control. will notify applicants of material changes to the scholarship as soon as practicable is not responsible for inaccurate scholarship details supplied to any applicant by any third party connected with this competition.

This scholarship and these terms and conditions will be governed by Utah law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Utah.

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Kristin Cooke
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After graduating with a degree in English from the University of Utah, Kristin learned to geek speak while working as a technical recruiter, interviewing software developers and tech companies. For over 20 years, she has created award-winning content for technology, health, and finance companies. Kristin is an advocate for affordable internet for all and writes about rural internet solutions, satellite internet news, and tech products at Her work has been featured in New York Post, PCMag, Forbes, Business Insider, Telecompetitor,, and The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society.