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BTA Scholarship Foundation
The BTA Scholarship Foundation was established on Feb. 23, 1968, when the announcement of its creation was made at the Dorothy R. Ames retirement dinner (Click here to see the notice of her retirement in a NOMDA Hot Line from 1968). The BTA East District (formerly EROMDA) initiated the fund to honor Ames because of the many contributions she had made to the office technology industry in that district. Accordingly, the fund bore her name. In July 1971, at the EROMDA Convention in St. Louis, the Dorothy R. Ames Scholarship Foundation merged with the association's Scholarship Foundation to become an important benefit for the sons and daughters of BTA dealer members and the sons and daughters of employees of BTA dealer members.
The BTA Scholarship Foundation is supported by continuing contributions from individual dealers, local and regional chapter associations, as well as manufacturers and distributors. Each year, BTA awards $1,000 and $1,500 scholarships to qualifying children of full, dues-paying retail dealer members and to the children of members' employees as well.
Since the 1984-85 school year, the Business Technology Association has awarded 1,327 scholarships totaling $1,495,500 to the sons and daughters of the full-time employees of member dealerships.
Scholarship recipients are chosen by an impartial and independent evaluator.
Click the links below to see some of our past scholarship recipients:
Applicants must be: • A son or daughter of a principal or of an employee of a current BTA Retail Dealer Member (51% of business is retail). Neither part-time employees nor their children qualify (part-time is defined as 20 hours per week or less).
(Employees may apply only if he/she qualifies as both a full-time employee and a full-time student.)
• A full-time student maintaining a class schedule of at least 12 hours of accredited college courses throughout the school year covered by the Scholarship.
Applications may be requested from Mary Hopkins at (816) 941-3100 or via e-mail.
Applications must be RECEIVED by May 1.
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, you may do so by using the check-off line on your BTA Membership dues renewal form or by sending a check made out to the BTA Scholarship Foundation. There is no specific contribution amount; that is left up to you.
Please mail your check to: Business Technology Association 12411 Wornall Road Kansas City, MO 64145.
If you would prefer to contribute by credit card, you may call Mary Hopkins at (816) 941-3100 or fax the information to (816) 303-4056.
Dealers: Download a flyer to promote the scholarship foundation at your dealership.
Contributors to the BTA Scholarship Foundation: Advanced Business Equipment Inc. Advanced Systems Inc. Alltech Business Solutions Aregood Technologies ASI Business Solutions Atlantic Business Products Bishop Business Equipment Co. Bratton's Office Equipment Inc. Budget Document Technology California Business Machine Co. Center for Business Innovation Inc. Conestoga Copiers Inc. Coordinated Business Solutions Ltd. Copy Systems Inc. Cowart-Gagnon Inc. CTS Services Inc. CVI Digital Solutions CWS-Copier Word Processing Supply Inc. Da-Com Corp. Des Plaines Office Equipment Donnellon McCarthy Inc. Duplicator Sales Co. Enoch Office Equipment E O Johnson Co Inc. Fireside Office Products Inc. Hadley Office Products Inc. Hagan Business Machines of Meadville Inc. Hendrix Business Systems Inc. H L Dempsey Co Inc. Hoosier Business Machines Konica Minolta Albin Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc. Martin Whalen Office Solutions Inc. Muratec America Inc. New England Copy Specialists Inc. Printers & Stationers Inc. Printwise Office Solutions Inc. Prior & Nami Business Systems Purvis Business Machines Inc. SolutionOne Sostilio & Associates International Inc. Stan's Office Technologies Systel Business Equipment Co. The Office Technology Group US Copy Inc. Wagner Office Machines Waltz Business Solutions WJS Enterprises Inc.
"I have always been pleased to say I am a member of BTA, particularly the counsel from Bob Goldberg. However, nothing can compare to the satisfaction of presenting a BTA scholarship to an employee's child. Helping the future generation is a priority to who and what we are all about in business. Thanks to BTA for providing such a great service and opportunity for the membership to extend to our employees."
Dean Sandstoe OSDI-Spacesaver Des Moines, Iowa
"On behalf of my family, I want to let you and the rest of the Business Technology Association know how grateful we are for the scholarship support we have received over the past six years. We are extremely blessed to have daughters who have worked hard in school and doubly so to have the BTA scholarship awarded to them so many times. Thank you again for the opportunity and the awards. This scholarship makes such a huge difference in the life of a student."
Peter & Debbie Dresler Parents of scholarship recipients Portland, Ore.
"It is really great that businesses and organizations give out scholarships within their company families. I was thrilled when I found out that I was the recipient of the BTA scholarship and would like to thank Dean Sandstoe for recommending this scholarship to me and to my family who pushed me to give it my all."
Aubrey Marsh Scholarship recipient Des Moines, Iowa