Apply today–$2,000 scholarships are available for Minnesota high school seniors

Scholarships to be awarded by Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation and TDS.

If you know a soon-to-be high school graduate, encourage them to apply for a Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation (MTA) scholarship. TDS Telecom (TDS®), incumbent telephone companies, and cooperatives across Minnesota are teaming up to help the MTA offer a handful of $2,000 scholarships.

Applications for the one-time scholarships are available at the MTA web site. To be eligible, applications must be postmarked by Feb. 24, 2017 and applicants must:

  • Be accepted and attend a post-secondary university, college or technical college starting in the fall of 2017;
  • Be a Minnesota resident, and
  • Have an immediate family member who subscribes to at least one service from TDS Telecom (phone, internet and/or TDS TV).

This spring, a panel of MTA Foundation members will review the applications and select finalists based on grades, academic achievements, and extra-curricular activities. Preference will be given to students with an interest in telecommunications technology and rural communities.

“We’re proud to support this scholarship as a way to make it easier for high school seniors in Minnesota to pursue a college degree,” says Jean Pauk, State Government Affairs manager at TDS. “It’s a great feeling to help make college a little more affordable for the young people in the communities we serve."

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

NOTE: TDS Telecom applicants should forward their application to Jean Pauk c/o TDS Telecom, 525 Junction Rd, Madison, WI 53711; they must be postmarked by February 24, 2017.

Media Contact: Mike Wanta | Intern – Public Relations | TDS | 608-664-1096 |

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,400 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit

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