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Tips for Wins at Virginia States

Hey Virginia TSA! We are a little under 4 weeks away from states and it is time to start thinking about the schedules, scholarships, and officer positions you may be able to apply for. Check out our tips for success: 

  1. State Schedule Released: The state schedules for high school and middle school event timelines are out and have been sent to your advisors. A more general schedule of the day can be found at: https://tsavirginia.org/virginia-technosphere/ Make sure to find out when your events are and start planning out how to spend your time to make sure you can get to all of your events! 
  2. Applying for State Scholarships: Virginia TSA has three scholarships for graduating high school students with strong leadership qualities aiming to continue their journey in STEM. Please email the state advisor, Mr. Scott, at bscott@vsu.edu to learn more about how to apply for the following scholarships:
    1. $1000 Hughes Scholarship: The Hughes Scholarship is for an undergraduate student majoring in teacher preparation – with certification in technology education. The award – in honor of Thomas A. Hughes, Jr., a Virginia technology educator – is based upon evidence of leadership potential and desire to be a teacher. See more at: https://tinyurl.com/HughesScholarship 
    2. $1000 Monroe Scholarship: The Monroe Scholarship is for an undergraduate student majoring in teacher preparation – with certification in technology education. The award – in honor of John Monroe, DTE, a Virginia technology educator – is based upon evidence of leadership potential and desire to be a teacher.  See more at: https://tinyurl.com/MonroeScholarship2024 
    3. $1,000 George R. Willcox Scholarship: The Wilcox Scholarship is for an undergraduate student. The award is based upon evidence of leadership. See more at: https://tinyurl.com/WilcoxScholarship 
  3. State Officer Applications: Officer Applications are due by 11:59 PM on APRIL 12th. If you’re interested in becoming a state officer, please email the state advisor, Mr. Scott at bscott@vsu.edu for the application. There was a state officer interest meeting held on March 27, reach out to the Virginia TSA Instagram at @virginiatsa for information from the meeting and any questions you may have. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain leadership experience in TSA. 
  4. Preparing Required Materials for Drop Off events: The drop-off event submission is on the evening Thursday, May 2 this year, so make sure to plan accordingly to get your submission in on time! Please read the event guides for your event ahead of time and become familiar with any items or documentation you need to bring! For example, Prepared Presentation or CAD Architecture may require a thumb drive, or you may need a cover portfolio to add documentation. Reach out to your school chapter about accessing event guides if you haven’t already. 
  5. Theme for States: The 2023-2024 State Theme is….. The Red Carpet Affair! Stay tuned for the mysteries we will solve with you. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to any state officer or the @VirginiaTSA instagram. Your state officer team is excited for what we have planned for you all at states! We hope to see you there!

Respectfully Submitted, 

Megan Sawant

Virginia TSA Reporter 2023-2024

reporter@virginiatsa.org