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The Young Family Foundation Story

Over the past 50 years, YK Communications (formerly Ganado Telephone Company) has been locally owned and operated by the Young family in Ganado, Texas. In that time, the company has grown from a small telephone service provider to a full-scale communications company.  In the late 1990’s, company owners Raymond Young, Royce Young, and Paula Young Kacer felt that, due to their business venture successes, they wanted to share that success with the communities they serve.  On October 24, 2000, The Young Family Foundation was established as a means to do just that.

The main focus of The Young Family Foundation has been to foster the benefits of higher education by awarding academic and vocational college scholarships to worthy graduates of Ganado High School, Louise High School, and Tidehaven High School who reside in the YK Communications voice and broadband internet service area. Since 2001, there have been 55 scholarship recipients. The 2012 scholarship recipients will be selected at the May 2012 board meeting and announced at their respective graduation ceremonies.

Each year the Directors review the scholarship applications and, through an established evaluation process, select one vocational and four academic scholarship recipients.  Each of the four academic scholarship recipients are eligible for $1,500 per semester for as many as eight semesters provided they meet established requirements. The vocational scholarship recipient is eligible for $1,000 per semester for as many as six semesters provided they meet the same criteria. These students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university located in the state of Texas and complete the degree plan within a specified period of time.

Of the 70 scholarship recipients to date, 40 have received college degrees and 15 more are currently enrolled in a college or vocational program. These students have pursued a variety of degree plans including nursing, education, agricultural economics, biology, pilot training, pre-med, computer networking, business/finance, communications, instrumentation/electronics, and psychology. It is the hope of The Young Family Foundation that these fine young people will, in turn, become contributing assets to their communities.