Grants and Scholarships

Scholarship Programs

Iowa Communications Alliance Traditional Scholarship (ICA) – The Iowa Communications Alliance is offering one $1,500 college scholarship to a high school senior who lives in a member service territory.  The ICA mission is to assist students from rural areas across Iowa with financial assistance to pursue higher education and to stay in rural Iowa after graduation.

Iowa Communications Alliance Member Scholarship (ICA) – Along with the traditional scholarship, the ICA has one $1,500 scholarship to be awarded to a high school senior whose parent or guardian is currently employed by or serving as a director of an Iowa Communications Alliance “Active Member” Company! This application is also open to any high school senior who is a current employee of an ICA Active Member Company.

Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) – FRS awards up to 30 one-time scholarships of $2,500 to students from rural America for their first year of college. FRS funds $2,000 of the scholarship and South Slope funds an additional $500.

Aureon – The Aureon Scholarship Program is for students pursuing a STEM-related course of study. High school juniors and graduating seniors in the 2020-2021 school year with a minimum 3.33 GPA and who live in a home with active phone, internet or TV from an Iowa Independent Telecommunications Company (i.e. South Slope) are eligible. Scholarship awards range from $1,000- $3,000 and will be offered to students who have outstanding academic and achievement records.

Grant Programs

South Slope and Aureon are proud to offer a charity grant program available to any nonprofit in the South Slope service area. Awards range from $250-$1,500 from Aureon and South Slope will match up to $1,000. Grants are awarded quarterly and the decision on grant awardees and amounts are made by an independent Aureon Charity Grant Committee. Grant funds cannot be used to cover operating expenses and must be used toward a tangible item.

The Foundation for Rural Service provides grants for programs in rural communities served by NTCA members, such as South Slope. The grant supports local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Applicants may request grants in the range of $250 to $5,000. Grant applications are available mid-year on the FRS website.