The VIA is committed to empowering others through education and awards several offers educational scholarships.
The VIA provides funding for three high school sophomores from area schools to attend Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Training conferences. Each recipient is invited to share their experience and learnings with the organization each year.
The Education Committee is responsible for awarding Hannah Pollock, Laura Haddock, and Ruth Boland Nursing Scholarships to three students who reside in the Central Bucks School District and who are enrolled in a course of study in the medical field. These scholarships are presented to the students at the VIA luncheon in June.
This committee was established in 1997. It is a program designed to provide financial aid to eligible women to obtain education and/or training to prepare them to secure employment or to improve their work status by upgrading their skills. The scholarships are based on need and must be used only for educational/vocational purposes.
The committee receives applications from women who are primarily referred through social service agencies, local college counselors, and community support groups. Applicants are generally adult women seeking to re-enter the job force, who are in need of support services for counseling and housing. Many of the applicants are single parents hoping to establish financial independence for themselves and their children. Applicants submit a goal statement, personal references and a plan of study. This committee does not review applications from graduating high school students.