About the Matt Stager Memorial Scholarship:
The Matt Stager Memorial Scholarship Fund was established pursuant to the request of the family of the late Matt Stager, one of WASDA’s past presidents. The Stager family desired to provide assistance to children of employees of WASDA Distributor member companies in order that they are afforded an opportunity to achieve their higher education goals.
Scholarship recipients will be selected based solely on objective standards related to the purpose of the scholarships and will not, except for initial eligibility requirements, be based on the employment of the applicant’s parents or the company’s line of business. The applicants will be evaluated on objective standards such as academic performance, performance on tests designed to measure ability, the candidate’s rank in school and aptitude for higher education. All eligible applicants will be considered without regard to race, sex, religion, or national origin. Recommendations by instructors or other persons unrelated to the candidate, extra-curricular activities, and leadership contributions will also be considered.
Scholarship applicants will be evaluated and the scholarship recipients will be chosen by an independent selection committee. The WASDA Scholarship Board of Directors will also assume the duties of the selection committee. To ensure anonymity of the applicants, the last name and company affiliations are redacted from the application before the selection committee can review them. The selection committee will use a rubrics to rate applicants based on criteria set forth above to aid in the award process. The children of the selection committee are not eligible to apply during the committee member’s tenure.
Scholarship recipients are free to select any course of study that they may choose and accordingly may pursue their educational studies solely for their personal benefit. Preference will be given to those who seek studies in the following areas: engineering (civil, mechanical, software), business management including finance and accounting and industrial distribution.
How to Apply to the Matt Stager Memorial Scholarship:
- Complete Application (see last year’s)
- Written narrative of your future academic plans and career goals. You might include some comments on why you believe you are suited for a chosen career as well as any events in your life that led you in a specific direction (one page only).
- Two letters of recommendation
- High school transcript
- WASDA Member Company verification signature
- Counselor’s Report (see last year’s)
How to Renew Your Matt Stager Memorial Scholarship:
Scholarship winners are eligible to renew their scholarship for three additional years should they continue meeting the requirements of maintaining full-time status as a student and a 3.0 GPA or higher. The WASDA management team will make every effort to contact winners who are eligible for renewal in the Spring of each year. However, sometimes the contact information we have on file is no longer valid. It is the responsibility of each student to submit their most recent college transcript noting their GPA for consideration by the Selection Committee. Students should aim to have their transcripts sent to WASDA Headquarters by June 15 of each year.
2017 Matt Stager Scholarship Fund Winners