Apply today – $500 to 1,500 scholarships are available for Wisconsin high school seniors

The deadline to apply is February 6, 2017.

If you know a soon-to-be high school graduate, encourage them to apply for a Wisconsin State Telecommunications Foundation (WSTF) scholarship through TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®). The scholarships – ranging from $500 to 1,500 — are available for all Wisconsin seniors graduating this spring.

Interested high school seniors can pick up an application from their high school guidance counselor or online at the WSTF web site. To be eligible for these scholarships, applications are due to TDS by Feb. 6, 2017.

“We are proud to support this scholarship program and ensure that high school seniors have the opportunity to pursue a college degree,” says Jean Pauk, State Government Affairs manager at TDS. “It’s a great feeling helping to make college more affordable for the young people in the communities we serve."

TDS is teaming with other incumbent telephone companies across the state to offer the WSTF scholarships. In 2016, the Foundation awarded more than $58,000 to 46 students statewide, including:

  • $1,500 scholarships to 33 graduating high school students
  • A $1,500 Bruce Reuber Memorial Scholarship
  • $750 scholarships to five first-year students attending Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College's Electronics Telecommunications Program
  • $500 scholarships to seven technical college students

The WSTF panel will review all submitted applications. Finalists will be selected based on grades, academic achievements, and extra-curricular activities. Scholarships will be presented, starting in May, during the recipient’s high school graduation ceremony or awards night programs.

Since 1966, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million in scholarships to nearly 1,200 students. The Foundation is part of the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association, a trade organization representing more than 70 Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (including TDS), Internet Service Providers, and Wireless Carriers in Wisconsin. 

Media Contact: Mike Wanta | Intern - Public Relations | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4471 | mike.wanta@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS Telecom/TDS®), a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S and a growing force in the cable industry. TDS provides 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. For residential customers, TDS deploys 1Gig internet access, IPTV service, cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. The company offers businesses advanced solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit www.tdstelecom.com or www.tdsbusiness.com.

Headquartered in Madison, Wis., TDS Telecom operates OneNeck IT Solutions LLC and BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. Combined, the company employs more than 3,400 people.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately six million customers nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service LLC. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. employs 10,300 people. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated March 2017

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