Embarq, one of the largest local communications companies in the United Sates, has established a scholarship fund at the University of Missouri-Rolla through a $10,000 endowment.
The Embarq UMR Scholars Fund will be a source of permanent funding for UMR students who qualify for the scholarships. The investment was made as part of Embarq’s commitment to higher education and to the families and communities in which it does business.
The scholarship will be available to graduating high school seniors, spouses of members of the military and persons already enrolled at UMR. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is required. All applicants must live in the Embarq service area. Embarq is headquartered in Overland Park, Kan.
The first scholarships will be awarded in 2007. More information is available through the UMR Office of Student Financial Assistance, G1 Parker Hall, Rolla, MO, 65409.
Embarq has also agreed to conduct a Wi-Fi broadband network trial on the UMR campus. The trial, which is expected to last 90 days or more, will create free mobile wireless broadband access for students, faculty, staff and campus safety personnel.
“UMR is pleased to partner with Embarq to complement our strong indoor wireless presence with nearly complete outdoor wireless coverage for the campus community,” says Brian Buege, UMR’s interim chief information officer. “This is a significant milestone in making ‘anywhere’ computing a reality for the campus.”
There are already 10 “hot spots” stationed around the campus to support the outdoor network. Each of the so-called hot spots is interconnected to provide wireless service at broadband speeds in the coverage areas. Users will have the freedom to roam in and out of buildings without losing connectivity.
UMR has been ranked one of the top 25 most connected campuses in the nation by Forbes.com and the Princeton Review.