Purpose of Scholarship Program
To assist in the training, re-training, or advancement of employees or potential employees of Canadian and United States farm, industrial and outdoor power equipment dealers in order to create a larger pool of qualified, committed long-term employees for those dealerships.
WEDA’s Scholarship Program is available to all employees or potential employees of Canadian and United States farm, industrial and outdoor power equipment dealer members, subject to the following:
- Employees or potential employees must be approved by the dealer principal for training, re-training or professional advancement.
- The employee or potential employee must be enrolled and accepted in a higher education curriculum, which is approved by the dealer principal as training applicable to the dealership’s needs. Scholarship recipients must be enrolled full-time in the approved course of study.
- An employee working towards certification in the ag industry.
- The dealer principal must be willing to provide matching funds in the amount of up to $1,000 per recipient per year and must be a current member of Western Equipment Dealers Association.
WEDA scholarships are currently set at up to $1,000 per recipient per year. The WEDA Board, based on the availability of funds, will determine the number of scholarships and the amount of the scholarships available on an annual basis.
Scholarship funds will be divided at the discretion of the Board as follows:
- Ag Technician Programs
- Parts & Sales Programs
- Other higher education curriculum’s approved by dealers as being beneficial to dealership operations, including but not limited to; business, accounting and management.
Western Equipment Dealers Association will announce scholarship availability in February each year. Applications for the following school year must be made in writing (see application form) and must be received by the Association office by April 30, 2020.
At the WEDA June Board Meeting, awards from each category will be assigned. If scholarship requests exceed funds available in any category, the scholarship awards will be made by random drawing. Funds remaining in any category may be re-directed to another scholarship category at the discretion of the Board.
Scholarship awards are renewable for each subsequent year of the student’s educational program, as long as the student remains eligible and the dealer principal agrees to participate with matching funds. Students must reapply annually, and submit a progress report from their faculty advisor, dean or department chairperson.
Scholarship funds will be directed to the student to offset costs of tuition after the completion of their semester or school year. Any breech of enrollment or unsatisfactory performance in the course of a student’s studies will result in cancellation of the scholarship, at which time any remaining scholarship funds will be returned equally to the dealer and association.