MWACA "Vision" Memorial Scholarships (Harvey Chan and David DeCourcey)
Vision 2020 is rapidly approaching. I think we can all agree that Vision is the USA's premiere training event and trade-show. About 4 years ago, we lost one of the great contributors and boosters of this trade, the ever exuberant and passionate David DeCourcey. A couple years after that, we unfortunately lost another great contributor, educator, and one of my best friends Harvey Chan.
Scholarships were created in their memory, due to their mutual passion for teaching and learning.
Unfortunately, last year we had 7 applicants. Yeah....7. Total. For both. Some of those 7 didn't even compete the entire application.
Luckily, we had a couple very deserving and qualified receivers of those scholarships.
At the awards dinner I had a choice word or two about my frustration over the lack of applicants. After the dinner I was approached by a few techs and shop owners who didn't apply due to hesitancy over not being qualified. Silly, really. Just apply! Have someone you know apply!
So...I'm asking for applications. You want training, and can't honestly afford to attend Vision on your own, or you as an ESO can't afford to take everyone but they need and WANT training, they qualify.
Lots of people who respected, and loved these gentlemen and put forth good amounts of their own money deserve better than 7 effing applications. The memory of these treasures of human beings deserve better than 7 effing applications.
Also, I don't want to for get to call out CTI and WTI, in a very good way. They have campaigns to help let techs know that there are scholarships and how to apply.
Well said, Matt! While we are on the subject of Vision and not a lot of applicants... Vision has a great deal of awards for our industry peers. Being on the Educator Think Tank committee for several years I have noticed a similar trend (not a lot of applicants) with nominations for the educator of the year award. In addition to applying for scholarships, please take the time to nominate people…
Hi Matt, Can a tech apply if they graduated from high school when dinosaurs roamed the earth cough cough hmm ? I used to hang out with Dave Decourcey on the weekends when he was working on particularly difficult vehicles and I would help as best I could. I always learned a lot from him and he would always say to " Hi Honey" to all who would help figure the car out when they stopped by. I miss…
Hi Matt, The application i found asks for high school transcript information. I have not seen that in many years. Does one omit that portion? Please advise, Mike
Which scholarship did you attempt? The transcript inquiry should only be for student scholarships aimed at highschool and tradeschool/college students.
That was the only link I could find when I clicked on scholarships in the original post. Could you provide an alternate link for us?
mwaca.org/awards/VISION… See if this helps, Michael
Well Said, Matt. They were BOTH awesome Educators that helped A LOT of us with their knowledge. Now through their respective scholarships are still helping to make techs smarter. One of my former Post Secondary students applied and was awarded the first David DeCourcey scholarship as he was just entering the automotive repair industry and now not quite 3 years later is a Land Rover Master Tech…