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VASTA offers nearly $15,000 through eleven grants and awards every year to support its membership and other voice and speech career professionals. These funds provide valuable direct payments and reimbursements for attendance for VASTA's Annual Conference and broader professional development activities. 


Annual Conference Funding Opportunities:


Clyde Vinson Memorial Scholarship
Designed for pre- or early career voice or speech trainers. Provides VASTA conference fee, travel reimbursement, annual membership and a cash award.
Application due April 21st.

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Conference Travel Scholarship
Designed for members of an underrepresented group who have not attended a VASTA conference more than once and have a financial need to attend.
Provides one early career trainer and one graduate student a waived conference fee, travel reimbursement to the conference, and a free annual membership.
Application due March 15th.
Applicants need not be current VASTA members.

Annual VASTA Conference Travel Awards
Designed for current VASTA members who demonstrate a financial need to travel to the conference and do not live in the direct region where the conference is being held.
Provides reimbursement for event related expenses including materials, location rentals, presenter fees, and presenter travel.
Application due March 15th.

Member-Sponsored Appreciation Award
Designed for active VASTA members of 3 or more years.
Provides VASTA conference fee.
Nominations are due March 1st.

High School Teacher Award
Designed for one or two drama teachers at the secondary school level with an
interest in voice and speech training.
Provides VASTA conference travel reimbursement and the conference fee.
Application due July 15th. Applicants need not be current VASTA members.


Funding for Member Professional Development:


Interdisciplinary Engagement Grant

Designed for VASTA members seeking knowledge and links to other disciplines at a conference outside of the voice and speech environment.
Provides a grant for conference fees, travel and housing.
Application due at least six weeks before the conference registration due date.

Member Enrichment Grants
Designed for VASTA members of at least two consecutive years who want to hold networking events or regional mini-conferences.
Provides reimbursement of expenses related to these activities, including materials, location rentals, presenter fees, and presenter travel.
Applications received on a rolling basis.

Dorothy Mennon Research & Development Grant
Designed for VASTA members of at least four years.
Provides grants to two members for research or professional development.
Applications due November 1st

Voice and Speech Review Awards:


Dudley Knight Award for Outstanding Vocal Scholarship
The award is open to peer reviewed research articles.

Rocco Dal Vera Graduate Research Award
This award is open to articles that were based on graduate research.

VSR Forum Article of the Year Award
This award is open to authors in the Forum section of the journal, who offer relevant academic conversations and experienced-based or opinion-based articles.


Questions? Email the 
Awards & Grants Committee.