Scholarships & Awards

WITSA Scholarships

The Washington Independent Telecommunications Scholarship Association (WITSA) was formed in 1986 for the purpose of awarding higher education scholarships to the dependent children of full-time employees of Washington Independent Telecommunications Association Member companies and Associate Member companies located in Washington.  Awards are made anonymously and are based on academic achievement, curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Fund a Scholarship

If you would like to make a cash donation to WITSA to help fund a scholarship award, please email Shellie@shellieburnham.com for an invoice and click on the Donate button below.

THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS:

Special thanks to our donors Consolidated Communications, Hood Canal Communications, Russ Ramsey Trust, Scatter Creek, St. John Telephone, Toledo Tel, Wahkiakum West, Whidbey Telecom, Rainier Connect, Moss Adams, Johnson, Stone & Pagano, ITA Showcase, and Brief Relief.

If you would like to make a donation to WITSA to help fund a scholarship award, please email Shellie@shellieburnham.com.

Thank you for your support of WITSA!

2021 WITSA Scholarship Recipients. Clockwise starting in upper left is photo of Ashley Ricketts who is attending the University of Washington, upper right is photo of Griffin Parrish attending Washington State University, photo of Charlie Letts who is attending Baylor University, photo of Ben Fletcher who is attending Kwanthen Polytechnic University, Darian Olin who is attending Montana State University in Billings.

WITA President’s Award

The award is presented annually in appreciation for outstanding contribution to the Washington Independent Telecommunications Association.

2019 RJ DelMese
Moss Adam

2018 Gail Long
TDS Telecom

2017 Nardia Jones
Senator Cantwell Staff

2016 John Braun
Senator for 20th District

2015 Rob Snyder
Attorney at Law

2014 Rick Finnigan
Law Office of Richard Finnigan

2013 Betty Buckley
WITA

2012 Dale Merten
Toledo Tel

2012 Rick Vitzthum
Tenino Telephone Co.

WITA Pioneer Award

The award is presented annually in appreciation for outstanding service to the telecommunications industry, and support of the Washington Independent Telecommunications Association.

2019 Doug Weis
Inland Telephone

2018 No Award Given

2017 Dale Merten
Toledo Tel

2016 No Award Given

2015 Greg Morasch
St. John Telephone Co.

2014 Robert “Bob” Smith
Kalama Telephone Co.

2014 Greg Maras
Inland Telephone Co.

2014 Ken Beckman
FairPoint Communications

2013 Robert “Bob” Smith
Kalama Telephone Co.