Garden Valley Telephone Company is pleased to announce that Lydia Lindenfelser, Clearbrook-Gonvick School, and Megan Espeseth, Win-E-Mac School, are the recipients of a college scholarship from Garden Valley and the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), the philanthropic arm of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association.

The FRS scholarship program awarded scholarships, ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 to rural youth across the United States. Out of over 1,400 applications received this year, sixty-seven scholarships were awarded. The goal of the scholarship program is to help further higher education opportunities among rural high school students. Garden Valley strongly supports the youth of our community and is thrilled to sponsor this worthy program.

Scholarship recipients were selected by an independent team of reviewers from the education field. To be eligible, recipients must be sponsored by a NTCA member system, and must indicate a desire to return to their rural communities once their collegiate studies have been completed.

“We are thrilled to offer this program, with the goal of leveling the playing field for rural students who often face financial obstacles in their pursuit of higher education,” said CEO/General Manager Tim Brinkman. “The FRS scholarship program assists Garden Valley in supporting our youth. It is a source of tremendous pride for us and for the communities we serve.”

The scholarship program is open to all graduating high school seniors that receive local telecommunications from Garden Valley. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited two-year or fouryear college or university, or vocational technical school, and have at least a C grade point average.

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