Applications for 2020 Scholarships Now Being Accepted

Follow the instructions below to ensure a successful scholarship application submission. 


  • 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.

Before you start: Setting up an NTCA Account

Follow this link to set up an account.
On the creating an account page:

On the creating an account page you will need to complete all information with a red asterisk. That information is as follows:

· Prefix
· First Name
· Last Name
· Email Address
· *Employer does not have a red asterisk, but you must select an employer (the employer will be your NTCA member sponsor)* see next drop down
· Address
· City
· State
· Postal Code
· Country
· Username (user created)
· Password (user created)
· Reenter Password

Finding your NTCA member sponsor as your employer:

When searching for employer, search for the NTCA member that is sponsoring your scholarship application. Start by:

1. Search by selecting the magnifying glass.
2. A new window will open.
Enter the name of the NTCA member in the “Company” box.
Click ‘search”. A company or a list of companies will appear.
             a. It may be helpful to know the address of the NTCA member as well as some NTCA members share very similar names.
5. Once you know you are selecting the correct NTCA member, click the blue name on the right side of the window.

When all necessary fields are completed, click submit at the bottom of the page. If no error messages are received, you have successfully created an account.
Follow this link to begin the application, but before you begin be sure to check out the information below.

What you need for the scholarship application:

Page 1: This section is personal information.

- Name 
- Email address
- Mailing address
- Phone number 
- Parents/guardian name 
- Name of high school 
- High school phone number
- SAT or ACT score
- Name of College, University or Vocational/Technical school you plan to attend
- Telephone number of college, university or vocational/technical school
- Have you been accepted?
- Intended major or area of study

Page 2: This section will require you to upload one document that contains information on your work experience, school activities, community and volunteer activities, and awards and honors.

Work Experience: List your work experience over the last four years, in chronological order, with your most recent job listed first. Use this downloadable and editable template.


Position/Job Description

Employment dates

Average hours per week

School Activity: List all school activities in which you have participated in the last four years (i.e. athletics, student government, clubs, etc.)


Years (1,2,3,4)

Average Hours per week

Any additional comments

Community and Volunteer Activities: List all nonpaid community activities in which you have participated in the last four years (i.e. volunteer efforts, church work).


Years (1,2,3,4)

Average Hours per week

Any additional comments

Awards and Honors: List all awards and honors received in the last four years (including academic awards or honors).

Year awarded (2016, 2018)

Award or Honor (i.e. Eagle Scout Badge, National Merit Scholar)

Comments (describe the honor – why was it given)

*Please include all work experience, school activities, community and volunteer activities, and awards and honors 

Page 3: This section asks for additional information the selection committee should know ((i.e., family need or hardships overcome).

Please include any additional information you think the reviewing committee should know.

Page 4: This section requires you to upload a:

- 500-800-word essay on the question “What field or major do you intend to enter and how might it impact your rural community?”
- The Educator's Statement/Educator's Letter of Recommendation prepared by a high school teacher or guidance counselor. This is simply a statement or letter of recommendation from an educator. There is not a standard form to be used.
- One letter of recommendation from a local community leader other than an educator (examples include telephone company personnel, elected official, local business leader, etc.).
- Seven semesters of your transcripts, including the most recent semester. Transcript does not have to be an official copy.

Be sure to complete submission by selecting submit on the bottom of the page, after you review your answers.