Posted on March 8, 2024

What is Foundation for Rural Service?

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, was founded to enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. Each year, FRS distributes multiple scholarships to an exceptional group of rural students for their first year of college, or vocational school. Rainbow Communications proudly supports their Youth Tour and Scholarship programs, which provide opportunities for the youth who live throughout our service areas.

FRS Youth Tour

In the summer, the FRS Youth Tour brings-together high school students from across rural America to visit our nation’s capital and to learn about rural telecommunications. Rainbow sponsors area high-school students on this all-expense paid trip which covers airfare, registration fees, tour expenses, as well as $150 in spending money. The trip is valued at over $1,800. 

Who’s eligible:

High School students, age 16 or 17 years old at the time of the Youth Tour
Parents or guardian of student must receive service from Rainbow Communications

What you’ll see & do: 

The U.S. Capitol
The White House
Arlington National Cemetery
The Lincoln Memorial
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Mount Vernon
WWII Memorial
The Smithsonian Museums

What you’ll learn:

How the legislative process and our government works from people who work on Capitol Hill and the FCC
An overview of the telecommunication industry
The history of our nation’s capitol: Washington, D.C.