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Local Student Awarded National Scholarship through Foundation for Rural Service

Shallotte, NC – A local Brunswick County student was recently awarded ascholarship through the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), an organization which supports rural telecommunication companies and their members. FOCUS Broadband is a member of the FRS, and each year the organization awards annual scholarships to qualifying students across rural America. This year, West Brunswick High School senior Amanda Jacobs, was selected as a recipient for the Roger Alan Cox Memorial Scholarship.

Amanda Jacobs, daughter of Sammy and Nicole Jacobs of Shallotte was awarded the $1,000 Roger Alan Cox Scholarship. Jacobs plans to study elementary education at Appalachian State University in the fall. In 2017, FRS created the Roger Alan Cox Scholarship sponsored by Herman and Whiteaker, LLC. Roger Cox served Brunswick County in the rural telecommunications industry, spending the last 27 years of his life at ATMC primarily in leadership roles as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager. This scholarship honors Roger’s passion and endless drive to help ensure that rural Americans have access to the same technology and education as every other American.

“Amanda is a bright and driven student who is well deserving of the Roger Alan Cox Scholarship,” said Keith Holden, CEOFOCUS Broadband CEO. “She has shown tremendous commitment to her schoolwork and to her community and we wish Amanda much success as she prepares for this next chapter of life.”

The FRS Scholarship Program awards one-time scholarships to students across rural America for their first year of college, university or vocational-technical school. Each student is sponsored by an NTCA member company, like FOCUS Broadband, and NTCA members help spread the word in their communities about the available scholarships.

For more information about the Foundation for Rural Service, visit To learn more about FOCUS Broadband’s scholarship opportunities, visit


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