Community

Employees volunteer with post-Irene cleanup at Couples Club in Waitsfield.

Employees volunteer with post-Irene cleanup at Couples Club in Waitsfield.

Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom shows its commitment to the communities we serve through the various community relations programs we maintain.

Civic Organizations

Employees volunteer to setup for the Vermont Special Olympics Summer Games.

Employees volunteer to setup for the Vermont Special Olympics Summer Games.

WCVT Contributions Committee

Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom maintains a Contributions Committee consisting of employees, who review and assess requests from the community for financial support.  For more information, contact Eric Haskin at (802) 496-8339.

Click here to download the application.

Scholarships

Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom provides a scholarship entitled the Eunice B. Farr Incentive Award to each public high school that students from our service area attend. This includes: CVU High School, Harwood Union High School, Mount Abraham Union High School, Vergennes, Middlebury Union High, and Mount Mansfield Union High School.

The criteria of the scholarship is as follows “the award should be presented to a graduating senior that plans subsequent education, be it college or trade school. The faculty should select an individual that has shown a steady improvement in his or her academics, but is not necessarily at the top of the class. The award is designed to benefit a hard working graduate that his or her instructors have found to demonstrate a sincere effort to improve grades/results and plans continuing education.”

WCVT lends a hand to Pick for Your Neighbor program at Boyer's Orchard in Monkton.

WCVT lends a hand to Pick for Your Neighbor program at Boyer’s Orchard in Monkton.

FRED (Foundation for Rural Education and Development) Scholarships & Grants

FRED is a charitable foundation of which Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom is a long standing member. FRED’s mission is to sponsor programs and activities that improve the educational, social and economic conditions of rural areas. Descriptions of available scholarships and grants are listed below. All applications must be submitted by Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom. For more information and applications, visit the FRED website at www.fred.org or contact Lorraine M. Keener at 800-496-3391 or email lkeener@wcvt.com.

Technology Grants

One of the most popular and competitive FRED programs, the Technology Grants for Rural Schools program, was created to help meet the growing need for innovative technology in the classroom.  The grants strive to help rural, public schools connect to high speed broadband, bring modern computers to every classroom, and ensure effective, engaging software and online resources are an integral part of the curriculum.  By actively engaging rural students with the latest technology, they are better prepared for college and the workforce.  The program runs annually and awards grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

Employee hangs flag for Memorial Day celebration in Waitsfield.

Employee hangs flag for Memorial Day celebration in Waitsfield.

Ethyl Grants

The Ethyl Grant program provides matching grants to fund projects aimed at bettering their communities. The grants, ranging from $500 – $2,500, are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year and must be matched by the community.

Past recipients: Richmond Elementary School, Bristol Elementary School, Richmond Area Teen Center (2007), Hinesburg Community School (2009).

Leadership Through Learning

Program aimed at providing rural students the learning opportunity of a lifetime. The Leadership Through Learning program provides a hands-on approach to education. High school juniors and seniors from across the U.S. are invited to spend an all expense-paid week in our nation’s capital to learn about government, civic affairs and telecommunications regulation. Each year, the Foundation for Rural Education and Development awards scholarships to rural America’s best and brightest students. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are funded by the FRED Scholarship Endowment and by donations to the FRED Annual Giving Campaign. Scholarship Applications available in October.