We have created a

VASTA Member-Sponsored Appreciation Award

One award distributed annually to cover the registration fee for that year’s VASTA Conference.


WHAT:  VASTA Member-Sponsored Appreciation Award
One award distributed annually to cover the registration fee for that year’s VASTA Conference.


Application Requirements:

  • Must be nominated by a member - who is not currently serving on the Board or as a member of the Awards & Grants Committee
  • Must be an active VASTA member for 3 + years by the time of the conference they wish to attend (the years do not need to be consecutive).
    • Active Member is defined as someone who has contributed on an annual basis to VASTA in some way. (i.e. committees, service, past conference workshop/panel presentations)  
  • All members are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those who have not previously received this award and/or to those applications that further VASTA’s vision.
  • The nominating member will submit a brief essay (no more than two pages) outlining the nominee’s contributions to VASTA thus far including:
    • How has nominee been actively involved in VASTA?
    • How do you envision this nominee’s future with VASTA to be?
    • How would this benefit the nominee?  
  • Deadline for Application is March 1st.

 How Award is Announced/Distributed:

  • At some point during each year’s conference, members will be reminded to nominate a VASTA member for the Member-Sponsored Appreciation Award.  The award will also be publicized on the website, through e-blast (similar to Clyde Vinson Mem. Scholarship), and advertised on social media.
  • Nominations for the scholarship must be made in writing by a VASTA member; letter of nomination is a vital part of the decision making process. Nomination letters, no more than two pages in length, should be an in depth account of how you know the nominee and why you believe he/she is deserving of the Member-Appreciation award.
  • Members who are interested in nominating someone for the award will submit a short essay (1-2 pages), as outlined above,
  • Nomination letters AND completed applications must be submitted to Barry Kur awards@vasta.org, Chair of the Awards and Grants Committee, by e-mail either in the body of the e-mail message, or as a MS Word (.doc, .docx, pdf) file attached to the email no later than January 5 of each year.
  • The member who receives the award will then be notified in time to attend/ present without paying the conference fee.
  • For 2017-18 - we plan to offer one Award to cover the cost of conference registration for one VASTA member in good standing.

HOW Award Funds are Gathered:  The money will be gathered by various tax deductible member options. Donations can be gathered:

  • During the conference registration sign-up.
  • On the membership renewal or sign-up page
  • #GivingTuesday campaign but run on our own instead of via facebook
  • A request for member donations yearly at the conference (pass the hat after Cabaret, gather extra “currency” during int’l conferences and we exchange it, no bake sales :-).... )


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