We are now accepting applications for the Virginia Motorcoach Association Estes-Counselman Scholarship.
Virginia Motorcoach Association (VMA) Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $750 each in the year 2023. Eligible for these awards are full-time employees, or the dependent children of full-time employees, of VMA Operator (both Tour and Motorcoach) Member companies and of VMA Associate Member companies. The award will go to applicants which best meet the requirements set forth by the Scholarship Committee. Two annual scholarships will be awarded: one for VMA Operator Members of either type (Tour or Motorcoach) and one for VMA Associate Members. Award eligibility for VMA Associate Members is limited to only the actual individual contact member(s), or their family members, actively listed with and having a direct interest in the VMA, as opposed to all employees within the Associate organization.
The Scholarship Committee will be authorized to review the applications blindly, i.e., without identifying data, and make the selections. The Scholarship Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors and will serve at the discretion of the Board. The Committee Chair, Alice Lemon, will be the point-of-contact for all pre-submission inquiries.
All applications will be sent, sealed, to a staff member who will redact all identifying information on the application, from questions 2 – 11 plus signature. Transcripts will also be redacted of personally identify data. The staff member will then return the redacted applications, identified by an application number only, to the judges for scoring.
Judges are selected by the board of directors, namely as the scholarship committee members and the executive director team, totaling six judges.
Scoring will be based on a point system as follows:
One point will be awarded per each 1/10th of GPA scored above 3.0. Where applicable, applicant should submit GPA using a weighted scale. GPA scores with scores in the 1/100ths may be rounded to the nearest 1/10th. (Example: 3.42 GPA would be rounded down to 3.40, while 3.46 GPA may be rounded up to 3.5. The point value would be valued at five points for the 3.4 score, or six points for the 3.5 score.) Student should present actual GPA, and the committee will round the scores appropriately.
The scale below demonstrates the point value of student’s scores:
(Source: Crimson Education GPA Calculator – (https://www.crimsoneducation.org/us/blog/test-prep/unweighted-vs-weighted-gpa/)
One point per applicant will be awarded for each qualifying extracurricular and community activity provided, per year participated during applicant’s high school or higher education school (as applicable) attendance period. Qualifying activities will be determined by judges based on actual separate activities.
Essay questions are subjective to the reader. Therefore, each essay question (degree plan and why, goals and objectives, and career plans) will be graded on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being least, 5 being most) by each judge based on their opinion on the thoughtfulness and comprehensiveness of each response, and the judges’ scores will be averaged for a total average point value per essay question, per applicant. A maximum of 2,500 characters will be permitted per essay question.
Those eligible to apply must:
(NOTE: Dependent applicants that will be first year higher education students may apply. Enrollment will need to be validated before the award is given and final high school GPA will be requested.)
The VMA Estes-Counselman Scholarship Program awards scholarships to college-bound high school seniors or students currently in a higher education school, trade, or professional program. Scholarship is based on demonstrated academic achievement, extracurricular and community activity provided, and future career interest. Two annual scholarships will be awarded, one for VMA Operator Members of either type (Tour or Motorcoach) and one for VMA Associate Members. The award will go to applicants which best meet the requirements set forth by the Scholarship Committee.
Eligible for these awards are full-time employees, or the dependent children of full-time employees, of VMA Operator (both Tour and Motorcoach) Member companies and of VMA Associate Member companies. Award eligibility for VMA Associate Members is limited to only the actual individual contact member(s), and their dependent family members, actively listed with and having a direct interest in the VMA, as opposed to all employees within the Associate organization. Candidates are eligible to apply for and be awarded this scholarship for no more than two consecutive years. After the second consecutive year, whether or not the candidate is awarded this scholarship, they are not eligible to apply again for a period of one year.
Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis. Scholarship Committee will be authorized to review the applications blindly, i.e., without identifying data, and make the selections. The Scholarship Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors and will serve at the discretion of the Board. Alice Lemon, will be the point-of-contact for all pre-submission inquiries. Scholarship award will be announced July 1st.
Each scholarship will be awarded annually to one VMA Operator Member of either type (Tour or Motorcoach) and one VMA Associate Member, as indicated in section 2. The amount of each scholarship will be determined annually by the Scholarship Committee with the approval of the VMA Board of Directors. Dollar amount will be based on VMA financial status and should be included in the following year’s budget.
Applications will be accepted starting on January 1st and will close on April 15th.
Scholarship Committee - Confidential
c/o VB Group Marketing & Event Resources
Virginia Motorcoach Association
P O Box 344, Palatine, IL 60056
Application form will be located on the www.vamotorcoach.com, Scholarship Program as of November 1 of the preceding year.
Applications are to be mailed directly to the VMA, to be forwarded, SEALED, to an assigned reviewer. Alternatively, applications may be emailed directly to the assigned reviewer. The reviewer will process each application as indicated below. This process should be completed within five working days of April 15th.
Scholarship Committee will review the applications blindly, i.e., without identifying data, and make the selections.
Scholarship award winners will be notified on July 1st or within five business days thereafter.
The following year’s Scholarship program will be promoted at:
Announcements/Reminders for scholarship program and associated deadlines will be promoted on:
The Virginia Motorcoach Association congratulates our 2022 Estes-Counselman Scholarship Award Winner, Allyson Anna Cassell.
Allyson is the dependent of VMA Operator Member Virginia Coach Company employee, Linda Cassell. Allyson’s future plans include attending Ferrum College, an NCAA Division III institution, where she plans to major in Animal and Agricultural Sciences, as well as to participate in Women’s Basketball during the upcoming school year.
Allyson shared with the scholarship committee her passion for animals and the integral relationships that exist between humans and animals within our society and economy, and she looks forward to the opportunity to study their biology, care, and behaviors. Allyson plans to continue her post graduate educational career by obtaining her Master’s Degree in Marine Mammal Science.
Allyson is also looking forward to realizing her childhood dream of playing Collegiate Basketball for the Ferrum Panthers Women’s Basketball Team. She intends to work hard both on the court and in the classroom to excel as a Ferrum College Student Athlete, with an objective to make the Dean’s List every semester, keeping her GPA above 3.5, and to graduate with honors.
Allyson expects her post-college career to include being an advocate for helping the animals of our world, particularly marine animals. She feels that marine animals are a keystone member of the earth’s environment and are a significant part of contributing to our oxygen cycle and shaping our shorelines, but which are often endangered by pollution and over-fishing.
Allyson’s life has been shaped by experiences of unconditional love and kindness. As a 4 year old child, she experienced the loss of her younger brother. She has expressed her gratitude for the unconditional love that she remembers receiving during that difficult time that is so confusing for a child. Allyson has a lifelong goal to return that kindness and unconditional love to as many people as possible.
Congratulations, Allyson “Ally” Anna Cassell. The VMA wishes you a very successful future.