Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation
The Minnesota Telecom Alliance announced that they received 158 scholarship applications from across the state and two winning students are from the GVT service area. Alex Jacobson, from Erskine, MN, was selected to receive the $1,000 Jon Tollefson IT scholarship and Wyatt Halvorson, from Thief River Falls, MN, was selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship. Both scholarships are applicable for the 2020-2021 academic year and are awarded by the Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation.

Jacobson graduated from Win-E-Mac High School and plans to attend North Dakota State University. He is the son of Steve and Dawn Jacobson.

Halvorson graduated from Lincoln High School and plans to attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He is the son of Rhonda Halvorson.

In awarding the scholarships to Jacobson and Halverson, Tim Brinkman said, “We’re happy to have this chance to make an investment in this 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 two of the statewide winners are from our area.”

The Foundation is part of the Minnesota Telecom Alliance, a trade organization based in St. Paul representing over 44 telephone companies and cooperatives in the state. Congratulations to Alex and Wyatt for winning these scholarships.

FRS Good Neighbor Scholarship
In addition to the Minnesota Telecom Alliance scholarships, GVT is excited to announce that Alanah Mack, graduate of Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, was awarded the Good Neighbor 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.

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. The foundation received over 750 applications from across America and selected 33 recipients.

This scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate what it means to be a “good neighbor” through humanitarianism, inclusion and kindness to others. Congratulations to Alanah for winning this national scholarship.


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