Pennock resident – and KMS high school senior – earns Bud Morrow Scholarship in Minn.

The high school senior is one of five Minnesota students to receive the $2,000 MTA scholarship this year.

High school senior Simon Johnson from Pennock, Minn. is receiving the Bud Morrow Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year from the Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Foundation. Johnson is one of five students receiving a $2,000 scholarship from the MTA Foundation this year.

Each year, local telephone companies — including TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®)  participate in the MTA scholarship program. The scholarships are available to high school seniors in the company’s service area. Applications are reviewed by MTA volunteers who select finalists based on financial need, academic achievements, extracurricular activities and other criteria.

Johnson will be graduating from KMS High School this spring and plans to attend Cornell University in the fall. He is the son of Warren and Stacy Johnson. 

In his scholarship application, Johnson stated, “I decided to pursue a career in agriculture, specifically dairy, when I was very young. Since then, I have become determined to establish a herd of Registered Holsteins that will excel in health traits, production, and type.”

In awarding the scholarship to Johnson, Jean Pauk, State Government Affairs manager at TDS said, “TDS is proud to participate in the MTA Foundation’s scholarship program to help make college more affordable. Rural communities need educated and talented young people like Simon to be future leaders.”

The Foundation is part of the Minnesota Telecom Alliance, a trade organization based in St. Paul representing more than 40 telephone companies and cooperatives in the state. 

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For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager-Public Relations / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 /

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 3,600 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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