About Us: Community Involvement
A Tradition of Community Support
Park Region Telephone and its associated companies have a strong tradition of supporting community needs throughout our service areas. We regard partnerships with nonprofit organizations as an important investment in the future of communities we serve and the vitality of our company. Over time, we have participated in and assisted with many community projects and festivals, educational programs, youth sports activities, local government, health programs, and nonprofit organizations. To achieve the greatest benefit from available funding, we focus on events or programs that directly impact the communities we serve.
Donations, given in the form of cash or merchandise, are one of our ways of giving back to area communities. The cooperative’s donation policy allows for an annual amount, based on the number of access lines in an exchange, that is designated to be used on a first-come, first-served basis to non-political, non-religious organizations located within Park Region’s service area. Click here for a donation request form.
Fairs, Parades & Tradeshows
We enjoy participating in many of the area parades throughout the summer and also have a display booth at the West Otter Tail County Fair in July. Our sales team is also available to demonstrate our latest technology at area tradeshows throughout the year.
Minnesota Telecom Alliance Foundation Scholarship
The Minnesota Telecom Alliance, of which Park Region Telephone Company is a member, has established a Foundation and awards $2,000 scholarships to five high school seniors. To be eligible, applicants must be attending post secondary education at either a university, college, or technical college, be a Minnesota resident, and the applicant’s family must subscribe to at least one service from Park Region Telephone, Otter Tail Telcom or Valley Telephone. Applications are available each January with submission deadline in early March. Contact us for deadline and/or more information.
Download MTA Scholarship Application
Foundation For Rural Services (Frs) Scholarship
Foundation for Rural Services (FRS), along with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) and its members, strongly promotes the continuing education of rural youth. As your local telecommunications service provider, we are happy to offer this national scholarship program to our customers’ high school seniors. To be eligible, the applicant must be a graduating high school senior whose family subscribes to at least one service from Park Region Telephone, Otter Tail Telcom or Valley Telephone. The application for the FRS College Scholarship Program is available each October for the following year’s program. Contact us for deadline and/or more information.
Download FRS Scholarship Application
Foundation For Rural Education and Development (FRED) Scholarship
It is our pleasure to offer this national scholarship program to the students in our serving areas. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000 and an estimated $75,000 is awarded each May. Both high school seniors and students already attending post-secondary schooling are eligible to apply. The applicant’s family must also subscribe to at least one service from Park Region Telephone, Otter Tail Telcom or Valley Telephone. The FRED website, www.fred.org, contains further information on scholarships available, other eligibility requirements, and the application may be downloaded from this site as well. Contact us for deadline and/or more information.
Each year Park Region Telephone sponsors one youth delegate to attend the NTCA Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The student will spend an all-expense-paid week in early June at our nation’s capital and learn about the telecommunications industry, the regulatory and legislative process, as well as meet students their own age from all parts of the country. High school students, who will be 16 or 17 years of age at the time of the trip, and whose family has at least one service with Park Region Telephone, Otter Tail Telcom, or Valley Telephone, are encouraged to write an essay (any length) on their view of where the telecommunications industry will be in five years. The trip is awarded in late March. Watch for additional information in our February Progress newsletter or contact us for more information.
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