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Prior to 1977, each year at Christmas, the employees of Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone companies would rack their brains trying to come up with gifts for the owners, members of the Griswold family. In 1977, the employees decided upon a gift that would continue giving throughout the years - the Griswold Telephone Scholarship. A committee of employees (consisting of Mary Hesbon, Jim Kenny, John Palermo, Marty Marsh, Bob Scott and Barb Wilson) worked very hard to orchestrate the planning and presentation of the scholarship.

In their December 21, 1977 letter to Bob Griswold, the employees said, "(We) recognize there is a special flow of good will from you, as the employer, to the employees... We have, in the past, shown our appreciation by presenting to each of you a gift at Christmas time. This year, and each year hereafter, barring unforeseen circumstances, the gift truly will be unique. The employees have unanimously agreed to finance a scholarship program... We feel the gift is unique because you not only endorsed the wishes of the employees, but volunteered the companies' matching the employees' contribution. The combined donations will make the award the largest to be presented to a graduating senior from the participating school districts served by the two companies. It's a small way for us to express our thank you for taking a special interest in each employee. Also, thank you for making the relationship more than just that of an employer-employee relationship. We do consider ourselves fortunate to be working for such fine people."


See your Guidance Counselor for an application for The Griswold Telephone Scholarships awarded by Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Cos. and Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc.

The Scholarship Selection Committee considers several criterial in reviewing the applications. There will be 3 winners chosen out of all of the schools listed below. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in IT, Engineering, or Telecommunications.

Successful candidates will:

  • Exhibit well-rounded interests;
  • Possess academic competence;
  • Have financial need; and
  • Communicate effectively via the written word as demonstrated by a short essay

Schools Eligible for participation:

  • Canandaigua Academy Geneva HS
  • Midlakes HS
  • South Seneca HS
  • Lyons High School
  • Cortland High School
  • Charles O. Dickerson HS
  • Ithaca High School
  • Romulus HS
  • Victor Senior HS
  • Mynderse Academy
  • Waterloo High School
  • Union Endicott

Application deadline is Friday April 28th at 5pm.

Please e-mail all completed applications to Jolenep@fltg.com or

Mail them to: 7890 LeHigh Crossing Victor NY 14564 Attn: Jolene Pfleuger

Download an application:

Student Application
Scholarship Poster