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The DCA-Dale R. Michels Endowed Scholarship -

Accredited College or University Scholarship

To encourage students to pursue careers in construction, the Association founded an endowed scholarship in 1998 to distribute $5,000. Through the years, the amount distributed has grown to $15,000 per year. The amount distributed to worthy candidates will be based on a portion of the association’s auction and investment income proceeds and is estimated at least $75,000.

The DCA-Dale R. Michels Endowed Scholarship, which was named in memory of Honorary Member Dale R. Michels, was originally funded by an endowment of $100,000, taken from the proceeds of DCA’s Annual Auction. Michels Corporation and others contributed significant amounts to the fund. The program is administered by the Dale R. Michels Scholarship Committee, which oversees the annual application and award process. Applicants are judged on academic and community achievements, college entrance test scores, financial need, and two short answer questions.

I. Scholarship Program

The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) will provide selected scholarship recipients with
tuition funds for the 2017-18 academic year. Association members, eligible offspring or spouses of Association Members are eligible to apply.* Students from all academic levels – including incoming freshmen, undergraduates and graduate students – who represent a variety of majors and career goals are encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be judged on academic and citizenship achievements and financial need. Final
selections will be made by a scholarship committee that will determine the amount awarded to each recipient. Applicants will be notified by mail of the final selection and the amount of their
award.

The winning applicants will be awarded an unspecified amount of financial aid for the 2017-18
school year and this amount will be renewable for up to four (4) years with proof of academic
success.

Award checks will be sent directly to the college financial aid offices of recipients. The scholarship is intended for use as payment of tuition and/or academic fees. Any balance may be credited to a second term tuition and/or academic fees or for expenses associated with the academic year.

II. Eligibility
Each applicant must be either the employee, spouse, child, stepchild or grandchild of an employee of a DCA-member company (Contractor or Associate), and planning to enroll as a full-time student in an accredited college or university for the 2017-18 academic year. In order to be considered for the upcoming academic year, applicants must submit their paperwork to the DCA Office by the Wednesday, January 4, 2017 deadline. Selected criteria for DCA scholarships include scholastic standing, ACT and/or SAT scores, activities, community service, financial need and short essays.

III. How to Apply

Check back in October to apply for next year.

Applications must include a high school transcript (for college-bound high school seniors). This can be an unofficial copy. If your school will not release the transcript to you, please mail a copy to:

 
DCA-Dale R. Michels Scholarship
Attn: Teri Korson
101 W. Renner Rd., Suite 460
Richardson, TX 75082
Unfortunately, our system will want an uploaded document to complete the scholarship applications. Please write “transcripts to be mailed on a sheet of paper” and upload it in the place of the transcripts in a PDF format (no JPEG or TIFF).

 
Application must also include an official or unofficial college transcript (for those who have completed one or more years of college).

Remember, the student’s application and supporting documents must be completed no later than Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

*Must be an employee at time of awarded scholarship.

 

Curtis H. Allen Scholarship -

Trade, Technical or Vocational School Scholarship


The Curtis H. Allen Scholarship was formed by Bentonite Performance Minerals (BPM) in honor of the late Curtis H. Allen. BPM makes an annual contribution of $2,500 into the fund and is matched by Distribution Contractors Association. The amount distributed to worthy candidates will be based on a portion of the association’s auction and investment income proceeds and is estimated at least $22,500.

I. Scholarship Program
Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) will provide selected scholarship recipients with
tuition funds for the 2017-18 academic year.* Association members, offspring or spouses of
Association Members who are planning to attend a trade, technical or vocational school are
encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be judged on citizenship achievements, short essays and financial need. Final
selection will be made by a scholarship committee. The recipients will be notified by mail of the
final selection. The award must be used for the 2017-18 academic year, unless other arrangements are made.

Award checks will be sent directly to the trade or technical school financial aid offices of the
recipients. The scholarship is intended for use as payment of tuition and/or academic fees. Any
balance may be credited to a second term tuition and/or academic fees or for expenses associated with the academic year.

II. Eligibility
Each applicant must be either the employee, spouse, child, stepchild or grandchild of an employee of a DCA-member company (Contractor or Associate), and planning to enroll as a full-time student in an accredited trade, technical or vocational school for the 2017-18 academic year. In order to be considered for the upcoming academic year, applicants must submit their paperwork to the DCA Office by Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Selected criteria for the Curtis H. Allen Scholarship include activities, community service, financial need and short essays.

III. How to Apply


Check back in October to apply for next year.

Applications must include a high school transcript or GED (for trade, technical or vocational school bound high school seniors). The transcript will be used for verification purposes only. This can be an unofficial copy. If your school will not release the transcript to you, please mail a copy to:

 
DCA-Curtis Allen Scholarship
Attn: Teri Korson
101 W. Renner Rd., Suite 460
Richardson, TX 75082

Unfortunately, our system will want an uploaded document to complete the scholarship applications. Please write “transcripts to be mailed on a sheet of paper” and upload it in the place of the transcripts in a PDF format (JPEG or TIFF).

A completed application must also include an official or unofficial trade, technical or vocational school transcript (for those who have completed one or more years of trade or technical school).

Remember, the student’s application and supporting documents must be completed no later than Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

*Must be an employee at time of awarded scholarship.



James R. Upton Scholarship



The DCA Board of Directors authorized $3,000 annually for a period of five years, for the purpose of providing scholarship opportunities for students of the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in memory of former DCA Managing Director James R. Upton.

Two scholarship recipients are selected by the Cherokee Nation, based on criteria set by them, from graduates of the Sequoyah High School in Talequah, and awarded annually.


DCA-Lyons’ Grant Program



Deceased Past President and Honorary Member Bob Lyons was widely known for his commitment to community service, education, charitable causes and the DCA. Bob was instrumental in establishing the DCA Annual Auction in 1991, which to date has raised over two million dollars for the scholarship program, the DCA Safety Congress and the association’s office and staff. To give back to the association, Bob’s widow, Jan Lyons, a strong DCA supporter in her own right, committed a donation from the Lyons Family Foundation of $25,000 over a five year period. The grants are intended to recognize leaders in service those who positively contribute to their communities and help provide support for the missions they serve. While there are no specific requirements for this grant, it is expected that the candidates are strong emerging and/or established community leaders and are recognized for their personal service, activism and desire to make positive change in the communities. It was Bob’s vision to provide resources to those who embrace a sense of community and understand what it means to “give back”. These grants, although modest, are intended to be directed to individuals or organizations that do not receive significant financial assistance from governmental or large charitable groups. In Bob’s words; “It’s all about those that have been blessed with the understanding of what it is to give back.”

At the end of 2016, we have $23,300 in reserve and $5,000 from the auction is added annually to the program.


Click here for the Lyons' Family Foundation Grant Application