College Scholarships


At Red River Communications, we are honored to recognize students seeking higher education in vocational fields and general studies.

The Red River Communications College Scholarship Program recognizes and encourages the student’s academic achievements within our service territory by helping defray the costs of furthering their education. Starting in December, students can apply directly with us for one of twelve $1,000 scholarships.

Red River Scholarships will be awarded to a son/daughter of a parent/legal guardian who is an active cooperative member or customer of Red River Communications as defined by the Articles and Bylaws of this cooperative. In addition, the scholarship recipient’s family must currently receive one of our core services, broadband Internet, Ag Wireless Internet, phone service, or television.

2023 Applications ARE CLOSED. Winners will be posted in May 2023.


Red River uses an online scholarship application software called Kaleidoscope. With Kaleidoscope, students can fill out the application, request a letter of recommendation, and upload their transcript and photo.

After you click the link below, click SIGN IN in the upper right-hand corner. That will direct you to the application. Please call our office with any questions at 701-553-8309.

While we prefer you apply via the link above, we have also made available fillable/printable .pdf files of both the instructions and application.

Contact Red River for more information at 1-701-553-8309, or email us at



FRS Scholarships

2023 Scholarship Applications ARE CLOSED

Each year, Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) awards graduating high school seniors $2,500 scholarships across rural America by region.  These scholarships are each matched by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association’s generous members to the scholarship winner within their community.  

To be eligible, the applicant’s parent or guardian must have telephone or Internet service with Red River Communications. The application process is entirely digital, so be sure you are qualified and have all materials to upload to complete your application.

Applications will be accepted until February 8, 2023.                                                                              

MTA Foundation Scholarships

2023 Scholarship Applications are CLOSED

This year the Minnesota Telecom Alliance (MTA) Foundation will award six scholarships to high school seniors graduating in 2023. Each scholarship will be a one-time amount of $2,000.

Scholarships available from MTA:

One $2,000 Jon Tollefson Technology Scholarship: To be eligible, applicants must be high school seniors with plans to major in either Telecommunications or Information Technology (IT) at a university, college, or technical college and be a Minnesota resident.

One of five $2,000 General Scholarships: To be eligible, applicants must be a high school senior with plans on attending post-secondary education at a university, college, or technical college, be a Minnesota resident, and the applicant’s family must subscribe to at least one service from an MTA member company.


Once completed, this application must be printed and submitted to Red River Communications by February 17, 2023, either by mailing or delivering your application.

Mail the completed application to:
Red River Communications
Attention: Donna Thiel
PO Box 136
Abercrombie, ND 58001-0136

OR Drop off the completed application at either location:

510 Broadway – Abercrombie, ND or 522 Dakota Ave – Wahpeton, ND

Questions? Contact Donna at 701-553-8243 or email

If you are selected to receive this scholarship, it will be paid to you at the end of the 2023-2024 school year after showing the Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation that you have successfully completed your academic work.