Local telecom companies participating in the MTA’s scholarship program are approaching high schools in their serving areas looking for potential scholarship winners. 

This year the Foundation will award seven scholarships to high school seniors graduating in 2024. There are two types of scholarships this year: 

One $3,000 Jon Tollefson Technology Scholarship: To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior with plans to major in either Telecommunications or Information Technology (IT) at a university, college, or technical college and be a Minnesota resident. 

One of six $2000 General Scholarships*: To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior with plans to attend post-secondary education at 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. 

*Note: The Bud Morrow Scholarship will be awarded to the highest scoring applicant in this category and receive an additional $1,000.00. 

A telecom alliance panel reviews each application and selects the finalists based on applicants’ grades, academic achievements, and extra-curricular activities. Preference to receive the scholarships is given to students who have an interest in telecommunications technology and rural communities. Students and their families can obtain more information by contacting their school’s guidance counselor, Garden Valley Technologies, or by going to: https://www.mnta.org/resource/resmgr/forms/MTA-Scholarship-Form-2024.pdf 

‘We’re happy to have this chance to make an investment in our community by helping young people get a technical or college education” says Tim Brinkman, CEO/General Manager “It makes us all proud when one of the statewide winners is selected from our area.” 

Contact your school counselor to receive an application. Applications must be submitted to any of our Garden Valley Technology locations by February 16, 2024. 

The Foundation is part of the Minnesota Telecom Alliance, a trade association representing 44 telecommunications providers in the state. 

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