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)  
  • 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 via the form below or by e-mail either in the body of the e-mail message or as an MS Word (.doc, .docx, .pdf) file attached to the email no later than March 1 of each year to the Chair of the Awards and Grants Committee at
  • The member who receives the award will then be notified in time to attend/ present without paying the conference fee.

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 annual conferences.

To fill out a nomination form:



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