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To do our part in keeping the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) to a minimum, we have closed our office to the public and ask our customers to conduct Chesnee Communications business over the phone by calling 864-461-2211 or online at chesnet.net through April 3.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.gov) is keeping updated information on their website and we are closely monitoring it for the latest news on the virus.
Chesnee Communications offers a variety of ways to access your account or make a payment:
- Call 864-461-2211. You will need your account number.
- Click PAY/VIEW MY BILL at the top of the page. Login to our online portal. If you don’t have an online account, you can set one up from there. You will need your invoice number and bill amount due.
- Drop box access is available at our downtown Chesnee office.
We will remain committed to providing exceptional customer service to our members and customers throughout this time. The health and well-being of everyone is the utmost importance.
FRS Scholarship Program Announces New Online Application Process for 2020
If you have a son or daughter graduating from high school this spring, he or she may be eligible for the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Scholarship sponsored locally by Chesnee Communications through its parent company, SkyLine Membership Corporation.
A new online application process is being introduced by the FRS in 2020, which extends the local application period until early March. The FRS will award one-year scholarships in each geographic region of the NTCA membership (including the service area of SkyLine/SkyBest) to graduating high school seniors whose families are served by NTCA member organizations. For each FRS general scholarship, FRS provides $2,000 and the sponsoring NTCA member company provides $500.
In addition to the FRS general scholarships, FRS has the following named scholarships*:
• Staurulakis Family Scholarships
• TMS Scholarships
• Everett Kneece Scholarship
• Roger Alan Cox Memorial Scholarships
• Good Neighbor Scholarship
• Herbert and Isabel Bitz Memorial Scholarship
*Submitting one application is sufficient for eligibility of all available scholarships.
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. Eligibility requirements include the following:
• Applicants must be graduating high school seniors and reside full-time with their parent(s) in the companies’ service area.
• Applicants must be children of Chesnee Communications customers who subscribe to the company’s facilities-based services.
• 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.
• Applications must be sponsored by Chesnee Communications through its parent company, SkyLine Membership Corporation, an NTCA-member company.
The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues. Through its various programs and initiatives, FRS strongly supports the continuing education of rural youth. If any Chesnee/SkyLine-sponsored students are named winners, they will be announced in May, in conjunction with area high school awards day programs.
Visit www.FRS.org/student for full instructions on how to create an account and for all necessary materials required. The deadline for this year’s FRS Scholarship is Friday, March 6.
If you have additional questions about the FRS Scholarship, please contact Karen Powell 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.
SkyBest - Askins Legacy Scholarship
Congratulations to our 2018 scholarship winners Kaylee C. and Tommy P. 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 2020 SkyBest - Askins Legacy Scholarship Application
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.