Scholarship Opportunities

Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship:

The foundation annually awards scholarships to an exceptional group of rural students for their first year of college or vocational school to a select group of the over 1,500 applicants. All applicants require sponsorship by an NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association member company to be eligible.

The application deadline is March 5, 2021.

FRS Scholarship

The James L. Bass Legal Scholarship

With an active law career that spanned more than 70 years, James Bass helped secure funds for rural telephone systems to bring modern telephone service to rural areas. He was pivotal in the creation of NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, where he served as one of the organization’s earliest Presidents. Mr. Bass continued his leadership with service for more than 50 years as legal counsel, guiding NTCA through many challenges and opportunities.

Recognizing Mr. Bass’s impact to the industry and his passion for the legal profession, the NTCA Board established a scholarship for students entering their first year of law school and who have an interest in rural communities. The first James L. Bass Legal Scholarship will be awarded in Spring 2021 and be at least $5,000.

The Application Deadline is April 16, 2021.
James L Bass Legal Scholarship


SDTA annually awards scholarships under two separate programs or scholarship funds administered by the South Dakota Community Foundation, those two programs/funds include our “SDTA Memorial Scholarships” and our “Brian Meyer Memorial Scholarships.”  Awards under the SDTA Memorial Scholarship program are for college students seeking scholarship assistance for the opening fall semester and awards under the Brian Meyer Memorial Scholarship program are available each year for the second college semester.

The SDTA Memorial Scholarship application deadline is May 31, 2020.
SDTA Memorial Scholarship Application

The Brian Meyer Memorial Scholarship application deadline is October 31, 2019.
Brian Meyer Memorial Scholarship Application