SDTA Scholarship

SDTA Scholarships

SDTA Memorial Scholarship Application
Two $2,000 scholarships & One $1,500 scholarship
Deadline: June 15, 2023
Apply Here 

Criteria for Application
1) A High School Diploma or GED equivalent;
2) Accepted into or attending a multi-year program degree at any accredited technical college or other accredited post-secondary higher education institution in South Dakota for the fall 2023 semester;
3) Majoring in a degree/program or field of study that is useful in the telecommunications or broadband industry or which significantly relies on the use of broadband services and related technologies (examples of majors eligible for this scholarship can be found at; and 
4) A customer/member or have a parent or legal guardian that is a customer/member of a SDTA member company.

Examples of eligible majors or fields of study for the SDTA Memorial Scholarship include, but are not limited to: Telecommunications;  WiFi and Broadband Technologies; Information Systems Technology; Satellite Communications; Health Information Technology; Office Technology Specialist; Programming Specialist; Network Specialist; Engineering (Computer Science or Systems, Electrical, CAD, Software, Industrial, Communications Systems, Network Security); Technologies or Computers (Communications Systems Engineering Technologies, Computer Programming, Computer Software Specialist, Computer Systems or Software, Computer Applications, Utilities Technologies, Network Technician, Internet Apps Developer, Laser/Electro-Optics, Marketing, Network Administration, System Administrator); Technology Education; and Communication Arts (Graphic Design or Mass Communications, Commercial Arts, Multimedia/Web Development.)    

The Scholarship Program is supported by SDTA and its member companies, including all of the following community-based rural broadband providers operating in South Dakota: 
  • Alliance Communications
  • Beresford Municipal Telephone
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority
  • Faith Municipal Telephone
  • Fort Randall Telephone
  • Golden West Telecommunications
  • Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative
  • James Valley Telecommunications
  • Kennebec Telephone Company
  • Midstate Communications
  • RC Technologies
  • Santel Communications
  • Swiftel Communications
  • TrioTel Communications
  • Valley Telecommunications
  • Venture Communications
  • West River Cooperative Telephone
  • West River Telecommunications Cooperative

Application Information
Complete the online application here
The following materials must accompany your application. Send to SDTA at 320 East Capital Ave, Pierre, SD 57501. Or email (1) A minimum of two letters of recommendation. At least one of these letters must be from a teacher, instructor or advisor. The other may be from someone who knows you well (but not a family member). (2) An unofficial transcript.