TTA Foundation Awards $48,000 in Scholarships


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TTA Foundation Awards $48,000 in Scholarships

Six Texas High School Students to Receive $2000 a Year for Four Years

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Telephone Association has awarded $48,000 in four-year scholarships to six Texas high school students entering college in fall 2019.

“Education is key to students having the skills to fill the jobs of tomorrow,’’ said Bill Colston, Jr. of Riviera Telephone Company Inc. and chairman of the TTA Foundation. “As tuition and fees continue to rise, the cost of attending college continues to increase. Through the TTA Foundation scholarship program, Texas telecommunications companies are investing in our communities and in the development of our future leaders.’’

The TTA foundation – a nonprofit, philanthropic organization founded to help further the understanding of telephony and advance telecommunications as a career choice – awarded six four-year scholarships of $2000 a year to students entering college for the 2019-2020 school year.

Students receiving scholarships include:

  • Alinna Garcia of Zapata, a student at Zapata High School who is planning to attend University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Tyler Hardison of Elkhart, a student at Elkhart High School who is planning to attend Texas A&M University.
  • Gavin Miller of Lake Jackson, a student at Brazoswood High School who is planning to attend Brazosport College.
  • William Llanez of Austin, a student at Stephen F. Austin High School who is planning to attend Texas Tech University.
  • Elian Villanueva of Crockett, a student at Crockett High School, who is planning to attend the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Ashley Wilson of Copperas Cove, a student at Copperas Cove High School who is planning to attend Baylor University.

To be eligible for a TTA Foundation scholarship, students must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and be planning to attend a Texas college or university in fall 2019.

Since 1992, the TTA Foundation has awarded more than $370,000 in scholarships to Texas students.

The TTA scholarship program is made possible by contributions from TTA members and associates.

About the Texas Telephone Association

The Texas Telephone Association, founded in 1905, represents the telecommunications companies that are driving economic development and innovation to benefit consumers, business, schools and hospitals across Texas. With a diverse membership ranging from publicly traded corporations to small privately-owned businesses and cooperatives, TTA is dedicated to advancing and enhancing the telecommunications industry in Texas. For more information, visit