Scholarship Opportunities

College Scholarship Opportunities

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), in cooperation with NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, seeks to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an

understanding of rural issues. In keeping with its mission, furthering the education of rural youth is one of the Foundation’s primary focuses. Garden Valley Telephone Company is a member of NTCA and is proud to support the FRS in this worthy endeavor. We are very excited to bring these scholarship and youth tour opportunities to students in our local school districts!

Here’s Your Chance to Win College FRS Scholarships!

Opportunities Include:

$2,000 – Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship
(plus an additional $500 contribution from Garden Valley)
(4) $5,000 – Staurulakis Family Scholarships
(2) $1,500 – TMS Scholarships
(1) $7,000 – Everett Kneece Scholarship
(3) $500 – Roger Cox Memorial Scholarships

Each applicant must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Must receive service from Garden Valley Telephone Company.
  • Be accepted by an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university or vocational/technical school.
  • Have at least a C grade point average (GPA).
  • Express an interest to return to a rural community following graduation.

FRS Scholarship Application

Detailed instructions may be obtained from the school superintendents in our service area, or the FRS website at

We ask that all applications be returned to Garden Valley by February 9, 2018.
We will then see that the applications are forwarded to the FRS.

Garden Valley Telephone Company
201 Ross Avenue
PO Box 259
Erskine, MN 56535

Search for Scholarship Applicants

Garden Valley Telephone Company has begun a search for scholarship candidates. If selected, candidates will receive a one-time $2,000.00 scholarship from the Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Foundation.

Garden Valley participates in MTA’s scholarship program and is approaching high schools in their serving area looking for potential scholarship winners. To be eligible, 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 Garden Valley. A telecom alliance panel reviews each application and selects the finalists based on the applicant’s 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.

MTA Scholarship Application

Once a student has completed the application online, they need to print a copy and attach the required documentation.
Applications must be submitted to Garden Valley Telephone Company by February 23, 2018.

Garden Valley Telephone Company
Attn: CEO/General Manager
201 Ross Avenue
PO Box 259
Erskine, MN 56535

“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 at Garden Valley. “It makes us all proud when one of the statewide winners is selected from our area.”

The Foundation is part of the Minnesota Telecom Alliance, a trade association representing 42 telecommunications providers in the state.