The Manawa Telephone Company has begun its annual search for scholarship candidates, according to Tom Squires, the telephone company’s president.
If selected, the candidates will receive a one-time $1,500 scholarship from the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Foundation (WSTF).
Each year at this time, local telephone companies and cooperatives participating in the WSTF Scholarship program approach high schools in their serving areas looking for potential scholarship winners. Counselors submit student applications to the local telephone company, which in turn forwards them to the Foundation. A WSTF panel reviews each application and selects the finalists based on applicants’ grades, academic achievements and extra-curricular activities.
“We’re happy to have this chance to make an investment in our community by helping young people get a college education,” said Squires. “It makes us all proud when one of the statewide winners is selected from our area.”
Last year, the Foundation awarded $55,750 to 42 students statewide, including 33 scholarships of $1,500 each to graduating high school students, one $1,500 Bruce Reuber Memorial Scholarship, five scholarships of $500 each to technical college students, and three scholarships of $750 each to first-year students attending Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Electronics Telecommunications Program. Since 1966, the Foundation has awarded a total of $1.16 million to 933 students.
The Foundation is part of the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association (WSTA), which is a trade organization representing more than 70 incumbent local exchange carriers, internet service providers and wireless carriers.