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 more than 1,000 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across 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 2 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 2,900 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. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit

Updated August 2021

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