Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship Criteria & Guidelines

  • Eligibility Criteria

    • Membership in TASA, either in the active or student membership categories, as appropriate, is required of applicants.

    • Each applicant must be enrolled in an accredited university doctoral program at the time of the award. Proof of enrollment must be provided.

    • Any doctoral students in the field of education may apply, including those who are currently employed as superintendents.

    • Recipients of the Johnny L. Veselka Scholarship are not eligible to apply for the scholarship again; however, other applicants may reapply in subsequent years.


    • Complete and sign the online application by September 30, 2019, for the 2019-20 awards cycle.

    • Upload a recent official university transcript. (If this is the applicant's first semester as a doctoral student, please provide a transcript of the applicant's master's work.)

    • Upload one high-resolution digital photograph (headshot) for publicity purposes.

    • Respond to the three Professional Biography statements/questions. The essays are limited to 400 words each.

    • Upload one letter of recommendation on official letterhead from a professor, department head, or dean of the school of education where you are currently enrolled. (This will serve as confirmation of enrollment for applicants in their first semester of doctoral work.)

    • Upload one letter of recommendation on official letterhead from a supervisor in the school system in which you are currently employed or if not currently employed, a letter of recommendation from a former supervisor who is familiar with your work. If you are already employed as a superintendent, provide a letter of recommendation from a current board member.

    If you have questions, please contact Amy Francisco, TASA director of communications and media relations, at 512.477.6361.


  • July 15, 2019
    Online Scholarship Application Available

    September 30, 2019
    Scholarship Applications Due

    October 15-November 15, 2019
    Judges Review Applications

    By December 1, 2019
    Scholarship Winner(s) Notified

    January 27, 2020
    Scholarship Winner(s) Honored at TASA Midwinter Conference