The Minnesota Telecom Alliance announced that they received 140 scholarship applications from across the state and five out of the seven winning students are from Garden Valley Technologies service area. 

Erin Michalski was selected to receive a $3,000 Bud Morrow scholarship for being the top applicant. Ms. Michalski graduated from Warren-Alvarado-Oslo High School and plans to attend the University of Iowa. She is the daughter of Carrie & Jay Michalski. 

Molly Cullen was selected to receive a $3,000 Jon Tollefson Technology Award. To receive the Jon Tollefson Tech Award the winner must have plans to major in either telecommunications or Information Technology at a University. Ms. Cullen graduated from Grygla High School and plans to attend the University of North Dakota and receive a degree in Information Technology. She is the daughter of Sarah Madison.  

Jordan Wieland was selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship. Ms. Wieland graduated from Lafayette High School and plans to attend the University of North Dakota. She is the daughter of Todd and Jennifer Wieland.  

Tori Erickson was selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship. Ms. Erickson graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School and plans to attend Mayville State University. She is the daughter of Monte & Kristin Erickson. 

Ava Lyn Grunhovd was selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship. Ms. Grunhovd graduated from Fertile-Beltrami High School and plans to attend North Dakota State University. She is the daughter of Alan & Brenda Grunhovd. 

To be eligible for the MTA scholarship, applicants must be attending post-secondary education at either a university, college, or technical college, be a Minnesota resident, and the applicant’s family must subscribe to at least one service from an MTA member company; in this case, Garden Valley Technologies. The panel reviewed each application and scored the applications based on the applicants’ grades, academic achievements and extra-curricular activities. 

In awarding the scholarship to these students, Tim Brinkman, CEO/General Manager at GVT said, “We are happy to have this chance to make an investment in the students’ college education. Rural communities need educated and talented young people to be our leaders of the future. It makes us all proud at Garden Valley Technologies when five of the seven winners are from our local schools.” 

In addition to the MTA scholarships, Mateo Reynolds has received a $2,500 scholarship through the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS). Founded in 1994, FRS is the philanthropic arm of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, of which Garden Valley Technologies is a member. Mateo Reynolds graduated from Bagley High School. Mr. Reynolds plans to attend the University Wisconsin-Madison. He is the son of Troy and Mia Reynolds. 

The FRS Scholarship Program awards one-time scholarships to students from rural communities for their first year of college, university, or vocational-technical school. Each student is sponsored by an NTCA member company that also contributes a portion of the scholarship award. This year FRS awarded 55 scholarships, totaling $173,000, to students across the country. 

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