VSA Nonprofit Employee Scholarships

Nonprofit Employee Scholarships

Victoria Stilwell Academy (VSA) provides scholarships to both its Dog Trainer Course and the Online Dog Trainer Course for individuals who are employees of nonprofit and/or charitable institutions which provide animal-related care and services. Examples of qualifying institutions include animal rescue shelters, service dog training and placement organizations, and animal humane societies. The Nonprofit Employee Scholarship provides a 10% discount off the regular tuition. The Scholarship discount covers tuition only, and does not include any out-of-pocket expenses incurred by students such as travel, hotel, or meals.


Who Qualifies?
All applicants must be able to provide proof that:

  • they are currently a paid employee of a Qualified Institution and has been for at least ninety days prior to VSA application.
  • they work at least 20 hours per week as a paid employee of a Qualified Institution.
  • the Qualified Institution meets VSA’s stated criteria (listed below).


What is a ‘Qualified Institution’?
A Qualified Institution is defined as an entity which meets all of the following criteria:

  1. The entity must be a 501(c)(3) (for U.S. entities), a Registered Charity (for U.K. entities), or similar classification (for all other international entities) and/or is recognized at the state and/or national level as an nonprofit entity for tax and practical purposes.
  2. The entity’s primary purpose and published mission is to provide animal care, rescue, training, rehabilitation or other animal-related services.
  3. The entity must have been in formal existence (as recognized at the state and/or national level in writing) for a minimum of 2 years prior to applicant’s application.

 

How to Apply
To apply for VSA’s Nonprofit Employee Scholarship, please complete the following steps:

To apply for a scholarship to the in-person Dog Trainer Course:

  1. Complete the standard online application for enrollment for an upcoming Dog Trainer Course and note at the end of the application that you will be applying for the Scholarship.
  2. Complete the Scholarship Application below (note: you must complete the standard Dog Trainer Course enrollment application first).
  3. Provide the supporting documentation below via upload when completing the application form.

To apply for a scholarship to the Online Dog Trainer Course:

  1. Complete the Scholarship Application below (note: you do not need to be previously enrolled in the Online Dog Trainer Course before completing the scholarship application).
  2. Provide the supporting documentation below via upload when completing the application form.
  3. Await response from VSA regarding scholarship status, at which point VSA will assist in enrolling you in the Online Dog  Trainer Course at the scholarship rate.


Required Supporting Documentation
Please have the following available to upload during the application process:

1)   Proof of Qualified Institution’s 501(c)(3), Registered Charity, or state-recognized non-profit status. Allowable proof includes:

  • IRS letter of 501(c)(3) determination (US only)
  • Charity registration certificate (UK only)
  • A statement from a State taxing body certifying that the entity is a nonprofit organization

2)   A letter from the Qualified Institution stating that:

  • the institution has been existence and has been recognized as a nonprofit organization for at least 2 years.
  • you are currently a paid employee of the organization that works at least 20 hours per week.
  • you have been a paid employee of the organization for at least 90 days.
  • What the institution’s primary purpose, mission and business entails.

Nonprofit Employee Scholarship Application Form

(to be completed after submitting DTC enrollment application form)

 

Applicant Information

First Name:
Last Name:
Full Address:
Country:
Cell Phone (include country code if non-US):
Email:
Requested DTC Class (1st choice):
Requested DTC Class (2nd choice):

 

Qualified Institution Information

Institution Name:
Institution Address:
Institution Description:
Institution Website:
Institution Phone:
Name & title of contact person at institution:
Contact person phone:
Contact person email:

 

Upload Institution's Proof of Nonprofit Status
Upload one of the following forms of proof of institution’s nonprofit status:

  • IRS letter of 501(c)(3) determination (US only)

  • Charity registration certificate (UK only)
  • A statement from a State taxing body certifying that the entity is a nonprofit organization


(Max=5MB - Accepted file types: pdf, doc, png, jpg)

 

Employment Letter from Institution
Please upload a letter signed by institution’s CEO, Director, Human Resources department or similar on institution letterhead stating:

  • the institution’s primary mission and purpose

  • that the institution has been existence and has been recognized as a nonprofit organization for at least 2 years.
  • that you are currently a paid employee of the organization that works at least 20 hours per week and have been in such position for at least 90 days.


(Max=5MB - Accepted file types: pdf, doc, png, jpg)

 

Verification

By checking this box and clicking 'Submit' below, I hereby verify that I work as a paid employee of the above Qualified Institution for a minimum of 20 hours per week, and have been in this position for at least the last 3 months.

VSA will notify the applicant within 2 weeks of its determination regarding Scholarship eligibility. Note that the curriculum of both the Online Dog Trainer Course and the Dog Trainer Course is the same for both standard students and those awarded Scholarships. While the course content is designed to help individuals create, market and maintain a for-profit business as a dog trainer, the content is also applicable to those in the nonprofit world. VSA reserves the right to limit the number of Scholarships available per class at its sole discretion.

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