Wisconsin high school seniors – apply now for $500 and $1500 scholarships

Do you know someone in Wisconsin who will be graduating from high school this spring? Encourage them to apply for a Wisconsin State Telecommunications Foundation (WSTF) scholarship through TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®).

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 the one-time $500 or $1,500 scholarships, applications are due to TDS by Feb. 3, 2016.

“We are proud to support this scholarship 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 2015, the Foundation awarded more than $53,000 to 41 students statewide, including:

• $1,500 scholarships to 31 graduating high school students

• A $1,500 Bruce Reuber Memorial Scholarship

• $750 scholarships to four first-year students attending Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College's Electronics Telecommunications Program

• $500 scholarships to five 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 1,135 students. The Foundation is part of the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association, a trade organization representing more than 65 Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (including TDS), Internet Service Providers, and Wireless Carriers in Wisconsin.

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Media contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager – PR / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

NOTE: TDS Telecom applicants should forward their application to Jean Pauk c/o TDS Telecom, 525 Junction Rd, Madison, WI 53717 by February 3, 2016.


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 tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,000 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 as well as 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 tdsinc.com.

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