Click here to download the 2016-17 scholarship application. (BTA members will need their username and password.)
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, as well as manufacturers and distributors. Each year, BTA awards a number of $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. Beginning in 2015, one $3,000 scholarship was established with the Bob Goldberg Scholarship Fund. The Bob Goldberg Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 to honor BTA's General Counsel Bob Goldberg and his many years of service. Click here for more details.
Since the 1984-85 school year, the Business Technology Association has awarded 1,378 scholarships totaling $1,553,500 to the sons and daughters of the full-time employees of member dealerships.
Scholarship recipients are chosen by an impartial and independent evaluator.
To make a donation to the BTA Scholarship Foundation, click here.
To make a donation to the Bob Goldberg Scholarship Fund (an Endowment Fund of the BTA Scholarship Foundation), click here.
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 [or 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 POSTMARKED by May 2, 2016.
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, Ste. 200 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: Accent Imaging Advanced Business Equipment Advanced Business Systems Advanced Copier Technology Advanced Systems Allied Document Solutions & Services Alltech Business Solutions Anderson Business Technology Aregood Technologies ASI Business Solutions Atlantic Business Products Atlantic Tomorrow's Office Automated Office Systems BASE Technologies Bishop Business Equipment Bratton's Office Equipment Broken Acres Electronics Budget Document Technology California Business Machines Joan and Leon Carter Cavin's Business Solutions Center for Business Innovation Century Business Products Conestoga Copiers Coordinated Business Solutions Coordinated Business Systems Copiers Plus Copy Systems Cowart-Gagnon CTS Services CVI Digital Solutions CWS-Copier Word Processing Supply Da-Com Desert Business Machines Des Plaines Office Equipment Donnellon McCarthy Jim Donnellon Duplicator Sales Edwards Business Systems Electronic Office Systems Enoch Office Equipment E O Johnson Fireside Office Products Fraser Advanced Information Systems Gobin's Hadley Office Products Hagan Business Machines of Meadville Hendrix Business Systems H L Dempsey Hoosier Business Machines KIP America Konica Minolta Albin Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Lockwood Moore Martin Whalen Office Solutions Muratec America New England Copy Specialists OASYS OKI Data Americas Preferred Office Products Printers & Stationers Printwise Office Solutions Prior & Nami Business Systems ProSource Purvis Business Machines Sandhills Office Systems SolutionOne Sostilio & Associates International Standley Systems Stan's Office Technologies Systel Business Equipment The Office Technology Group US Copy Inc. Wagner Office Machines Waltz Business Solutions WJS Enterprises
Contributors to the Bob Goldberg Scholarship Fund: Accent Imaging Allied Document Solutions & Services Atlantic Tomorrow's Office BASE Technologies Broken Acres Electronics Leon and Joan Carter Cavin's Business Solutions Century Business Products Coordinated Business Systems Copiers Plus Desert Business Machines Jim Donnellon Edwards Business Systems Electronic Office Systems Fraser Advanced Information Systems KIP America Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Lockwood Moore Muratec America OASYS Preferred Office Products ProSource Sandhills Office Systems
"I wanted to thank you for allowing me the honor of receiving your scholarship. I'm grateful for the scholarship, as it will help me finance my tuition costs for my freshman year. Thank you again for your consideration. I appreciate that you have this program available for graduating seniors; every bit helps with paying for college. I think it's great that you present this opportunity for us to be rewarded for our hard work."
"I am extremely grateful to have been selected as a scholarship recipient. Thank you for your generosity, which has allowed me to attend college without the worry and stress of going into debt. Over the years, I have received four scholarships from BTA and can honestly say it has made a dramatic impact on my college education. I plan to graduate this December ... Because of your generosity, I am able to begin my career without financial difficulties. Thank you again for all you have done for me throughout the years."
Justine Gab Scholarship recipient Grand Forks, North Dakota
"My daughter called me at work screaming in excitement when she received the letter saying she would be receiving the scholarship; then she hung up called our office manager with the exciting news. Our president happened to walk in at the end of her call and he remarked that hearing her excitement is what the BTA scholarship is all about — the excitement of these high school kids for their futures. As a parent, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to BTA for this scholarship."
Jeri Mansour Parent of a scholarship recipient Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
"Thank you for the generous scholarship. It will be put to good use."
David Keys Scholarship recipient Bismarck, North Dakota
Bob Goldberg Legacy Award Presentation & Manufacturer Donation
"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, Oregon
"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