Scholarship Opportunities

The TrioTel Scholarship was created because we believe that investing in today’s youth will assist them in becoming leaders tomorrow. We hope that our scholarship will help students to pursue degrees in a variety of fields at colleges, universities and technical schools in the state of South Dakota.

Scholarships in the amount of $500 will be awarded to two graduating seniors from each of the following schools; Bridgewater-Emery, Hanson, McCook Central, and an At-Large. At-Large students are considered a student that lives in our service area but attends a school outside of the TrioTel exchange, or is home schooled while living in the TrioTel exchange. The student’s parent or legal guardian must have service with TrioTel to be eligible for scholarship.

The Application Deadline is April 1st, 2024. 
TrioTel Scholarship Application


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 2023 and will be at least $5,000.

The Application Deadline is February 16th, 2024.
James L Bass Legal 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.


  • Be a graduating high school senior.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be sponsored by a current NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association member.
  • Be accepted by an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.
  • Have at least a C grade point average (GPA).
  • Express an interest to return to a rural community following graduation.

The application deadline is February 16th, 2024.
FRS Scholarship


Qualifying Students
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent;
  • Are accepted into or attending a multi-year program degree at any accredited technical college or accredited post-secondary higher education institution in South Dakota for the fall 2024 semester;
  • Are 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; and
  • A customer/member or have a parent or legal guardian that is a customer/member of an SDTA member company (TrioTel is a member).

How to Apply:
1-Complete the online application at: or
2-Submit typed application via E-mail: or
3-Submit typed application via Mail to: South Dakota Telecommunications Association, PO Box 57, Pierre, SD 57501.

The SDTA Memorial Scholarship application deadline is June 14th, 2024. 
SDTA Memorial Scholarship Application