William P. Elrod Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Grows to $3,500 

Now is the time for promising TSA members to apply for the William P. Elrod Scholarship.  As a result of increased endowments to this scholarship fund, this year’s recipient will receive $3,500 -- a seven-fold increase over previous years’ awards.

Named in memory of William P. Elrod -- the founding father of TSA with longstanding leadership and involvement --the scholarship is awarded each year to a TSA student member. Bill was the chapter advisor of Madison High School TSA in Madison, Kansas; a previous Kansas TSA state advisor; a Kansas TSA, Inc. corporate member; a former member of the TSA, Inc. Board of Directors; and a former TSA national advisor and national assistant advisor.

Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or better; can be college or career/technical school-bound; or be a TSA alumnus enrolled in an undergraduate program or in a career/technical school. The application deadline is May 10, 2014.   

The scholarship is awarded for outstanding service in the field of technology to a TSA student who is college, university or career and technical school bound and who is in good academic standing, or to a TSA alumnus/a currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or a career and technical school. Private tax deductible donations are accepted for this fund.

The awards committee of the TSA board of directors approves the winner of the scholarship from among the field of applicants. The recipient of the scholarship is announced at the national TSA conference each year. Recipients have eighteen months in which to expend all funds of the scholarship. In the event that no qualified recipients are available, the funds may be carried over until such time as they may be awarded.


1. Eligible candidates include:

TSA graduating high school seniors

TSA alumnus/a enrolled in an undergraduate program or a career and technical school

2. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

3. Applicants must have performed services on the local, state, and national level and, if a graduating senior, must be an active member of an affiliated TSA chapter.

4. Applicants should be able to express a financial need for the scholarship.

5. Applicants must be accepted or enrolled in a four-year college, university, or career and technical school to receive the funds. Applicants do not have to be admitted to a higher education institution at the time of application for the scholarship.

6. Applicants must be able to describe their future educational goals.

7. The funds are to be applied to tuition costs and are sent to and administered through the recipient's college, university, or career and technical school. Funds not expended at the end of eighteen months following the date of the award revert back to the William P. Elrod Memorial Scholarship fund.

8. The deadline for submitting applications is May 10 of each year.


Persons interested in applying for the scholarship must submit a completed application to the TSA Awards Committee, 1914 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Applications must include high school transcripts; SAT or ACT scores, if applicable; an acceptance letter from a four-year college, university, or career and technical school; and a resume. In addition, letters of support from the TSA chapter and state advisors, school principal, and others that describe the applicant's worthiness to receive the scholarship are encouraged. These letters should accompany the letter of application.

Winners are notified before and announced at the national TSA conference.