Scholarships

The MTA Foundation’s Scholarship Program is designed to encourage individuals to pursue a variety of educational goals for not only first-time college students, but also returning students, students participating in a vocational program or homeschool program, or students pursuing professional development that leads to a degree or certification.

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In 2020, $75K in scholarships were awarded in the following three categories:

  • Academic Degree for Graduating Seniors
  • Academic Degree for Continuing Education
  • Trade & Tech Scholarship

Academic Degree Scholarship

$2,000 to $5,000 per recipient

Continuing Education
Applicant must be enrolled or accepted as a part-time student (at least 6 credit hours per semester or 4 hours per quarter) or full-time student in an accredited school. The applicant must be pursuing a bachelor’s or associate degree at an accredited school. The applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the most recent educational institution attended.  Please note that preference will be given to students pursuing a future in entrepreneurship, technology, or the economic development of the MTA service area.

 

Earl Lackey Scholarship

$5,000 per recipient
  • Honoring former MTA Chief Governance Officer Earl Lackey
  • This designation can be awarded to applicants in both the Academic and Trade & Technical Scholarship categories.
  • The same criteria for Academic and Trade & Technical will apply; however, civic and community involvement will be emphasized over GPA.

Academic Degree Scholarship

$2,000 to $5,000 per recipient

Graduating Seniors
Applicant must be a current senior from a high school, correspondence study, homeschool program, or distance education program within MTA’s service area. The applicant must be pursuing a bachelor’s or associate degree at an accredited school. The applicant must have a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 and be accepted by the school for the coming school year. Please note that preference will be given to students pursuing a future in entrepreneurship, technology, or the economic development of the MTA service area.

Trade & Technical Scholarship

$2,000 to $5,000 per recipient

Candidates will be pursuing a program at an accredited school that leads towards a recognized license or certificate. Applicants must be accepted into a Career School, Technical School, Junior College, Community College, Trade/Vocational School or Public or Private University. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at their most recent educational institution. Preference will be given to students pursuing a future career that will directly benefit technological, economic and entrepreneurial growth within the MTA service area.

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Questions

Contact Jessica Gilbert
at info@mtafoundation.org

The 2020 Application Period Has Ended

Our 2021 application period will begin in January. Check back for updates and information.

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Rules of Eligibility

The applicant must be an active member of MTA, or a dependent of an active MTA member, who resides in MTA’s service area.

The applicant may be a graduating senior from a secondary school, or a student attending or planning to attend a college or vocational/trade school.

Awards are for students who will attend an accredited college or vocational/trade school in the summer or fall of 2020, and be enrolled in a course of study that leads to a degree or certification.

Terms & Conditions

A qualified committee will review all applications and select the winners.
Scholarships will be awarded on a one-time basis and will not be renewable; they may not be deferred to future years.
This is a one-year scholarship and students may reapply the next year.
The student and the school may decide if they will spread the scholarship award over multiple years.
Awards will be paid upon proof of registration at an accredited educational facility and will be issued by early August, 2020.
Scholarship awards will be paid in U.S. dollars.
Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, or disability.
If the recipient no longer meets the criteria to qualify for the scholarship they were awarded, the funds will not be paid.
Winners will forfeit their scholarship if mandatory paperwork is not received by the MTA Foundation by June 4, 2020. This requirement is detailed in the award letter.
This application and all supporting documents become the property of the MTA Foundation once received.
Scholarships awarded to high school students may be announced at high school graduations and senior awards nights.
All recipients will be notified by May 15th, 2020 by phone call and/or email and announced at MTA’s Annual Membership Meeting in June 2020.