VTX1 Companies Corporate Social Responsibility
Commitment to Education
The VTCI Scholarship Program awards 20 scholarships every year to deserving students in South Texas. Awards are selected independently by Scholarship America.
SAI will select the recipients.
20 awards of $12,000 each will be granted. Awards will be disbursed at $3,000 per year over 4 years. Applicants compete first within their own districts; if there are still scholarships remaining to be awarded, the remaining pool of applicants can be considered for ‘at-large’ scholarships. The intent is to award two scholarships per each of the 10 member districts, for a total of 20 scholarships, provided that the applicants meet the criteria of the selection process.
Awards are renewable up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first, based on recipients maintaining satisfactory academic performance (2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) and full-time enrollment status at an accredited two-or four-year college or university. The renewal award amount will include a bonus of $250 each year the student maintains a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or better in the prior year of college. Students may transfer to another accredited institution without penalty of losing their awards. The student must be a dependent child of a current Cooperative member who resides in the Valley Telephone Cooperative service territory.
Awards are for undergraduate study only.
Since 1952, VTX1 has been a vital partner to the communities of South Texas. Our Corporate Social Responsibility program was established to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve, through charitable sponsorships and community outreach initiatives in support of our program goals.
We sponsor numerous community organizations and events including:
- The McMullen County Fair Association
- Willacy County Relay for Life
- Starr County Youth Fair and Auction
- Fiesta del Rancho in Concepcion
- Frio County Livestock Show
- Project Graduation
- Atascosa-McMullen Cooperative Special Olympics
- . . . and many more
NTCA Youth Tour of Washington D.C.
Every summer, VTCI sponsors one local high school student’s participation in the NTCA Youth Tour. This program gives students a first-hand look at the telecommunications industry and the legislative process by visiting Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and other governmental agencies. The tour also includes visits to famous historical sites including the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Cathedral, the U.S. Capitol and Arlington National Cemetery.
We are now accepting applications for the 2024 Youth Tour, which takes place June 3 – June 7 2024. Deadline for applications is March 15th, 2024 at 5:00 PM. Applications for the Youth Tour should be sent to:
Valley Telephone Cooperative
881 E. Hidalgo Avenue
Raymondville, Texas 78580
Attn: Christina Tamez
Members with any questions, please contact Christina Tamez, at 956-642-1133, or by writing her at Valley Telephone Cooperative, 881 E. Hidalgo Avenue, Raymondville, Texas 78580. For full details click the Youth Tour Cover Sheet.
Sponsorship of State and National Industry Organizations
VTX1 is committed to providing rural Texas with the best telecommunications available. We work hard to keep rural Texas connected. As one of many infrastructure innovators across the nation, we’re proud to contribute to the economic growth of our service areas, our communities and our state. We’re an advocate of public policy to protect, promote and support the economic viability of the communities we serve.
VTX1 works side-by-side with state and national industry entities and other telecommunications industry advocates to ensure that the rules, regulations and technologies of telecommunications ever-changing environment continue to remember that rural communities matter. Those entities include:
- NREDA (National Rural Economic Developers Association)
- NRTC (National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative)
- NTTC (National Telco Television Consortium)
- NTCA (National Telecommunications Cooperative Association)
- SCC (Small Company Coalition)
- Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council
- TTA (Texas Telephone Association)
- WTA (Western Telecommunications Association)