Scholarship Opportunities


As an investment in our youth, we’re committed to the future of rural Minnesota. We’re pleased to announce the following scholarship opportunities and invite all high school seniors to apply.

FRS College Scholarship Program

The FRS College Scholarship Program awards thirty scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each to winning applicants across the nation, with a $500 match by the sponsoring telco (for a total of $2,500 each). FRS Scholarship applications are due in the WCTA office by February 16.

Students may also be eligible for four Staurulakis Family Scholarships valued at $5,000 each or two TMS Scholarships for $1,500 each. Students who are majoring in math, science, engineering, or medicine are given preference for the Staurulakis Family Scholarships. One $7,000 Everett Kneece Return to Rural America Scholarship will also be awarded this year. Three $500 Roger Alan Cox Scholarships will also be awarded.

For applications and guidelines, see your high school guidance counselor or download the application from the FRS Website at

Deadline: February 16, 2018

Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation Scholarships

The Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation is offering five $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors who graduate in 2018. Scholarships are awarded after the student demonstrates successful completion of the first year of college or technical school. The application deadline is February 23. Applications must be returned to WCTA for signature.

(2018 APPLICATION NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME - when it becomes available, it will be located at the link below: 
MTA Scholarship applications can be downloaded from the Minnesota Telecom Alliance website ( ).

Deadline: February 23, 2018

WCTA’s Scholarship Program

High school seniors can also apply for one of eight scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. The deadline for the WCTA Scholarship applications is April 6.

Our scholarship program has been established to encourage youth in our area to further their education after graduating from high school and is made possible through unclaimed capital credit checks. Because of our cooperative status, we are able to use these funds to benefit the scholarship program.

Download the WCTA Scholarship application here.

Deadline: April 6, 2018

WCTA's 2nd Year or Beyond Scholarship

Current college students are urged to apply for a $1,000 scholarship through the 2nd Year or Beyond Scholarship. Students who graduated from high school and are from any one of the five telephone exchanges of WCTA currently attending 2nd year or beyond higher education are eligible. Past scholarship winners are also eligible. The deadline on the 2nd Year or Beyond Scholarship application is June 1.

Remember, the FRS scholarship must be in our office by February 16, the MTA scholarship must be in our office by February 23, the WCTA scholarship must be in our office by April 6 and the WCTA 2nd Year or Beyond scholarship must be in our office by June 1.

Download the WCTA Second Year or Beyond Scholarship application here.

Deadline: June 1, 2018

Please direct scholarship questions to Geri Salmela at 837-5151 or email your questions to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..