2020 Iowa Communications Alliance Scholarships


Congratulations to the 2020 ICA Scholarship Recipients - Lucy Borkowski (left) of Harlan Community High School and Jordan Grothe (right) of  Ridge View High School, Holstein.

Traditional Scholarship

The 2020 Scholarship has been awarded.  Please check back in December 2020 for information on the 2021 scholarship guidelines and application.   

Member Scholarship

The 2020 Scholarship has been awarded.  Please check back in December 2020 for information on the 2021 scholarship guidelines and application.

Click here to view the ICA Scholarship Overview flyer.




ICA congratulates Trey Newbury on his graduation from DMACC with his Network Technology Telecom/Data Communications AAS degree.  Trey was a Next Gen Scholar who was supported by OmniTel Communications.  Upon graduating, Trey moved into fulltime employment with OmniTel.  Congratulations Trey and Thank you OmniTel Communications!



Next Gen Scholars Program

The Iowa Communications Alliance Next Gen Scholars program was established in response to our member companies need for skilled technicians. The process begins with recruitment, followed by an application and selection procedure. After the candidates are selected, the Iowa Communications Alliance, sponsoring company, DMACC and student split the tuition of the DMACC Network Technology/Telecom Data Communications Program.  The sponsoring company may offer a “mentoring” program including paid or unpaid internship opportunities while the student attends DMACC.  Successful completion of the DMACC program usually qualifies graduates for an interview at the sponsoring company with a competitive salary and excellent advancement potential, though there is no guarantee of employment.  

Next Gen Scholars Program Benefits
For the Students include:
  • Apply real-world skills and experience to classroom instruction
  • Receive support for education expenses
  • Be considered for full-time employment
For the Sponsoring Company include:
  • Access to motivated students who possess a wide range of skills and potential to complete a rigorous academic and experiential curriculum.
  • Opportunity to observe students’ skills and work habits for a possible full-time job after graduation.
  • Improve the pipeline of skilled workers for employment
Next Steps for Companies:
  1. Talk to you local School Counselors.
  2. Publicize this program and recruit students in your community.  
    1. Click here to download a flyer that you can share with your local schools and high school students.
    2. Click here to download a Frequently Asked Questions document to share with students.
  3. Contact the Iowa Communications Alliance to let us know of your initial interest.
Download the Next Gen Scholar Application

Mail your Next Gen Scholar application to:              
Iowa Communications Alliance Scholars Program
Attn: Teresa Tripp
DMACC West Campus
5959 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Be sure to include all of the following documents:

  • High school transcripts or proof of GED completion
  • College or university transcripts if appropriate
  • ACT/SAT Scores or ACCUPLACER Classic Score (See DMACC Application regarding this requirement.)

Obtain and mail to the address above one or two letters of recommendation from a non-family member. The letter should contain information about why you would be a good candidate for this academic program and a good employee.