Scholarship Opportunities

Chesnee Communications Scholarship Winners 2020

2021 SkyBest - Askins Legacy Scholarship Application

Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship winners Jacob K. and Maggie C. from Chesnee High School.

If you have a son or daughter graduating from high school in the spring, he or she may be eligible for the SkyBest – Askins Legacy Scholarship, presented locally by Chesnee Communications, a SkyBest Company. Each spring, two renewable scholarships will be awarded to students planning to attend an accredited four-year college/university and an accredited two-year community/technical college.

Click here for the 2021 SkyBest - Askins Legacy Scholarship Application. The application deadline is Thursday, April 1, 2021.  Please email completed applications to Donna Tucker, Director of Guidance at Chesnee High School: If you have further questions about the scholarship, please contact Karen Powell at Chesnee Communications/SkyBest Communications:; 1-800-759-2226.


Local high school seniors whose parents are telecommunications customers of Chesnee Communications may apply for national scholarships available through Foundation for Rural Service (FRS).

        In 2021, the FRS will award one-year scholarships in each geographic region of the NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association membership (including the service area of SkyLine/SkyBest) to graduating high school seniors whose families are served by NTCA member organizations. This year, 30 one-time, $2,500 FRS scholarships will be awarded with FRS funding $2,000 of each scholarship, with the sponsoring local cooperative of each winning student providing a $500 match. 

          Additional scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 in value to be awarded through this program include the following:

  • Staurulakis Family Scholarships. Students who are majoring in math, science, engineering or medicine will be given preference. 
  • TMS Scholarships.
  • Everett Kneece Return to Rural America Scholarship.
  • Roger Alan Cox Memorial Scholarships
  • Good Neighbor Scholarship
  • Herbert and Isabel Bitz Memorial Scholarship

    According to the FRS, more than two-thirds of rural Americans with postsecondary degrees never return to their rural communities, so this program gives particular emphasis to those students who plan to return to their community following college.  The FRS has awarded over $1 million in scholarships since its inception, empowering rural students throughout the country to advance their communities with invaluable skill sets and experiences.

 Other key eligibility requirements for this scholarship include the following:

  • Applicants must be children of Chesnee Communications’ customers.
  • Applicants must be graduating from high school this year and reside full-time with their parent(s) in the companies’ service area.
  • Applicants must have at least a “C” grade-point-average (GPA).  FRS scholarships will be awarded to deserving students whose academic credentials fall within an average to above-average range.
  • Applicants must be accepted to an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.
  • Applicants must express an interest to return to a rural community following graduation and be sponsored by SkyLine.

Visit for full instructions on how to create an account and for all necessary materials required. If you have additional questions about the FRS Scholarship, please contact Karen Powell at SkyLine’s corporate offices at 1-800-759-2226.

Note: Children of Chesnee Communications’ employees or directors are not eligible for this scholarship.

Pictured at left: Sydney Sanford, a 2019 graduate of Chesnee High School and now a student at Converse College, was recognized by the FRS and received a one-year, $2,500 scholarship.  Her family is served by Chesnee Communications, A SkyBest Company. Sydney was presented this award by Karen Powell of SkyLine Membership Corporation at the school’s academic awards ceremony.


About the Scholarship

On September 1, 1932, Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Askins, Sr. purchased Chesnee Telephone Company of Chesnee, South Carolina to provide telephone services to the town of Chesnee and area communities in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. The Company had approximately 60 stations. Mr. Askins became President and Treasurer, and Mrs. Askins became Vice President and Secretary. Mr. Askins died in 1965, and Mrs. Askins was appointed President and Treasurer. Their son, Harold "Bud" W. Askins, Jr., was appointed Vice President, and their daughter, Hannah Askins Lancaster, was appointed Secretary. Upon the death of Mrs. Askins in 1992, Hannah Askins Lancaster assumed the position of President and Treasurer, and Harold "Bud" W. Askins, Jr. was appointed Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. From 1992-2017 Hannah and her husband, Curt Lancaster, assumed the responsibility of the day-to-day operations and management of the company. The Askins and Lancaster families dedicated their lives to this company, investing in its growth and expansion into new services such as cable TV and Internet while generously supporting the local community. In 2017, Chesnee Communications, a family owned business for 85 years, was acquired by SkyLine Membership Corporation of West Jefferson, North Carolina.

To honor the family's legacy of service as a communications provider and community benefactor, Chesnee Communications’ parent company, SkyBest Communications, Inc., is honored to establish the SkyBest – Askins Legacy Scholarship to provide educational opportunities to deserving Chesnee High School students requiring financial assistance. The SkyBest – Askins Legacy Scholarship will assist children of Chesnee Communications' customers who exhibit outstanding scholastic abilities and motivation to continue their education. Annually two scholarships will be presented: a $1,000 College/University scholarship, renewable over four years for a total value of $4,000 and a $500 Community/Technical College scholarship, renewable over two years for a total value of $1,000.

For more information, please contact Karen Powell at Chesnee Communications 864-461-2211.