Gorham Telephone Company proudly supports the communities it serves in a variety of ways. This support ranges from providing jobs with competitive salaries and benefits in rural areas to donating needed goods and services to our local schools and organizations. GTC is an active part of the community serving on committees and volunteering at local festivals and events. We support local chapters in the Relay for Life events, little league teams, volunteer fire departments, 4-H clubs, and many others. The communities we serve are very important to us and it is important that our communities thrive economically in our rural areas. GTC employees are active members in many of these organizations. GTC contributes through donations, sponsorships, and participation that benefits the following, to name a few that we have given to:
- Gorham Community Development Association
- Area Rural Fire Departments
- Area City Governments
- Area Public Library
- Area Schools
- Area High School Year Books
- Area After Prom Events
- Area Alumni & Booster Clubs
- Cheerleading Calendars
- Dream Theatre, Russell
- Sisters of St. Joseph
- St. Mary’s Church
- Gorham Community Church
- Russell Original Art Review, Inc.
- Recreation Commissions
- Kansas Special Olympics
- Rightfully Sewn
- Ad Astra
- Wounded Warrior Project
Murphy Memorial Scholarship
Mike and Tonya Murphy spent their lives in Central Kansas. They are the third generation owners of Gorham Telephone Company. (George W. and Almira E. Murphy were the first and John L. and Judy A. Murphy were the second.) Gorham Telephone Company is an independent phone company that provides local service in the state of Kansas. The Murphy family believed that if you were an honest hard worker and you had the desire to reach a goal you could accomplish anything you set your mind to doing. Getting an education is one of the most important things you can do in your life and it is something nobody can take away from you. This scholarship is a way for the Murphy family to give back to the area the company and family served for over 100 years.
Any high school senior living in the USD of 299 (Sylvan-Lucas), 392 (Osborne), 399 (Natoma), 407 (Russell), 432 (Victoria) is eligible to apply. Recipients must display a strong sense of community involvement and leadership. Applicants may apply for renewals by displaying a strong sense of community involvement and leadership. The applicant also must maintain a 2.5 GPA or better.
Scholarships are awarded annually by semester or the next available enrollment date if the winner is on an enrollment waiting list. All scholarship money will be paid directly to the school. Recipients must be enrolled as full-time post secondary students.
A scholarship committee consisting of three (made up of one family member and the chair and vice chair of the Russell County Area Community Foundation Board) will make a recommendation to the Russell County Area Foundation board. The Foundation board will announce the winners in April/May of the current year.
Applications must be completed online at www.rcacf.net. Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified.
Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program
As part of its ongoing commitment to rural communities across the country, the Foundation for Rural Service provides annual grants for communities served by National Telephone Cooperative Association (NTCA) members. The goal of this program is to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Grants will be concentrated in four major areas: business development, community development, education and telecommunications. The communities of Gorham Telephone Company are eligible to submit FRS Grant applications because they are served by GTC, an NTCA member company. More information is available from Foundation for Rural Service. https://www.frs.org/programs#grants
Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship
The foundation annually awards scholarships to an exceptional group of rural students for their first year of college or vocational school to a select group of the over 1,500 applicants. All applicants require sponsorship by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association member company to be eligible. GTC is a member of NTCA.