Melrose’s Mitchel Niehaus earns scholarship through Arvig

Mitchel Niehaus of Melrose has been chosen to receive one of the Bob Adkisson Scholarship awards, sponsored by the Western Telecommunications Alliance (WTA). Mitchel will receive $1,500 for academic achievement and commitment.

Mitchel and his parents, Bob Niehaus and Deb Mies-Niehaus, heard about the scholarship opportunity through Bob’s employment at Arvig, which donates to the scholarship fund every year. “When I saw the announcement in our internal newsletter, I knew this was something Mitchel should apply for. He’s a smart kid. I’m a proud dad,” Bob said.

Not only has Mitchel kept an impressive 3.9 GPA throughout his high school tenure, but he has managed it while participating in a plethora of activities in the classroom and out in the community. From Student Council and National Honor Society to band, tutoring and helping the elderly, this three-sport athlete is a model student and citizen.

“[He] is ready for college and all the responsibilities that go with that next step,” his high school principal, Chad Doetkott, wrote in his letter of recommendation for Mitchel’s application. “Mitchel is truly an outstanding individual whose leadership and physical presence will be greatly missed here at school when he graduates in May.”

Mitchel plans to continue his studies at St. John’s University this fall, where he was recruited to play football. “We could not be more excited for Mitchel’s bright future,” said David Arvig, vice president/chief operating officer of Arvig. “It’s great to see our employees’ kids succeeding and taking advantage of the opportunities available through the company.”

The Bob Adkisson Scholarship award was given to five high school seniors, including Mitchel, this year. Applicants must be immediate family members of an owner, board of directors member, manager or employee of a WTA Category I or Category II Member Company. The scholarship was established in memory of Bob Adkisson, former president of GVNW Consulting, Inc., who passed away in 2003.

Arvig is a full-service telecommunications provider. In addition to high-speed Internet access, television and phone service, Arvig also provides computer repair services, business telephone systems, security and more. The local office is at 224 Main Street East in Melrose. Call 218.584.4227 or visit for more information.