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Calling all 2017 High School Seniors!

1.  Benton Cooperative Telephone Company considers young people a very valuable resource. This program has been established to encourage youth in our area to further their education after graduating from high school. We are  excited to offer five $750 scholarships to local students.

What you need to know:

¨ Parents or legal guardians must  have telephone service with Benton Cooperative Telephone Company (telephone prefix 393, 387, 355, 294, or 556).

¨ Grade Point average must be at least 2.5 (transcript needs to be included).

¨ Short essay between 50-100 words summarizing career plans.

¨ Graduation picture attached to application. (will not be returned)

¨ Applications due March 30th, 2017.

 To receive a scholarship application, contact your High School Guidance Counselor or call Benton Telephone at    (320) 393-2115 or 611.

 2.  The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) College Scholarship Program and Benton Communications are   sponsoring scholarships for 2017. FRS will be awarding 25 national scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each. If a student from the Benton Telephone service area is selected, Benton Communications will supply an additional $500 to bring the total scholarship award to $2500.

 Interested seniors may obtain an application from their high school or download an application from the FRS website at Completed applications should be sent directly to FRS, postmarked no later than March 1, 2017.

  3.  The Minnesota Telecom Alliance  Foundation is  awarding five $2000 scholarships in 2017 to graduating Minnesota high school seniors. 

    Preference in awarding the scholarships is given to students who have an interest in telecommunications or     information technology and rural communities.

    Applications maybe downloaded at or obtained from your high school guidance counselor.        Completed applications should be sent to Benton Communications, 2220 125th St NW, Rice MN 56367, by February 24, 2017.


Sun Outages Cable TV 

From end February to mid-March, you may notice some periods of interference

with your television picture.  This interference is caused by "sun outages" and

are a result of the sun being in direct line behind a communications satellite

that is sending TV signals to our headend.  These sun outages can last as long

as 15 minutes per day.  They may start as "sparkles" in the pictures and can

gradually change to total outages.  Unfortunately, there is technically nothing

we can do to prevent sun outages from occurring and they will affect different

channels at different times during this period.  The sun outage will pass

naturally and your service will return to normal.