In December 2021, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Board of Directors voted to increase the award amount for the CVSA College Scholarship Award Program. This year, instead of five $1,000 college scholarship awards as in previous years, CVSA will now award $5,000 college scholarships to two select outstanding high school seniors.
The 2022 CVSA College Scholarship Award Program is now open, and the Alliance is currently accepting applications from high school seniors who will graduate this year and attend college as a freshman in the fall for the 2022-2023 semester.
“CVSA is pleased to announce the increase of the college scholarship awards,” said CVSA President Capt. John Broers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol. “The board made the decision to increase the award amount in consideration of the rising costs of college tuition and college-related expenses. With these $5,000 college scholarship awards, CVSA hopes to help two outstanding students on their path to academic and professional success in their chosen careers.”
In addition to a completed application form and high school transcript, applicants must submit two essays as well as two letters of recommendation. Applicants must be a legal dependent of a current CVSA member (board members excluded), have a minimum high school grade point average or equivalent of 3.0, and be a citizen or permanent legal resident of Canada, Mexico or the U.S.
The CVSA College Scholarship Award selection committee will review completed applications and select two recipients based on the strength of the application and supporting materials, academic performance, volunteer work/community service and extracurricular activities.