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Fall 2017 BPRO/VASWP/POSSESS Conference
Join us November 1–3, 2017, in Bristol VA
(The Birthplace of Country Music)
and get yourself in “tune” for success!
We are currently working on putting together the agenda and if you have workshop ideas or conference ideas, contact:
BPRO –Tina Caldwell-Eheart, firstname.lastname@example.org
POSSESS – Bonnie Peery, email@example.com
VASWP – Renee White, firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be sending out more conference and room block information soon!
If you renewed your membership or if you are a new member as of July 1, 2017, you have received your official receipt of membership along with a scholarship application for the Betty Richardson Memorial Scholarship. Please take a moment to read about Betty (attached certificate and below) and let us know by 8/31 if you (or a coworker)are following in Betty's footsteps by completing the scholarship application for yourself or another BPRO member.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact a member of the Executive Board.
Betty Richardson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship will be available for fall conference. It is dedicated to the memory of Betty Richardson. Betty served as an eligibility supervisor in the state of Virginia for 34 years. She was one of seven victims of the catastrophic flooding which occurred in and around Richmond as a result of Hurricane Gaston in September 2004
Betty’s co-workers describe her as a nurturing, compassionate, understanding, and dedicated person in all areas of her life. Her special passions were all children and her cats.
Though Betty had reached retirement age, she continued to work for our customers. We the members of BPRO establish this scholarship to honor Betty as she honored us by making a lasting impression for all those that knew her.
This scholarship will provide the full cost of conference registration for the yearly Fall Conference. Additionally the scholarship will provide the cost of lodging for the duration of the conference. This shall include the initial night of the conference and any additional nights until the closing session of the conference. Lodging will not be provided the night prior to the opening session, or the night of the closing session. These costs will be incurred by the recipient of the scholarship. This scholarship may only be received once per individual per lifetime.
This scholarship shall be funded from the $20 administrative costs received from scholarship recipients, board members, and committee chairs at the spring conference.
1. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding customer service to internal and external customers which shows understanding and compassion for the individual.
2. Applicants must demonstrate the spirit of social services and how it carries over into the applicant’s personal life not just as a job.
3. Applicant must describe a situation which demonstrates how they have had to preserver in the face of adversity.
4. Applicants must show at least one initiative in which they participated, that improved program delivery in their locality.
5. Applicant must have at least 2 years’ experience in one of the 3 major program areas, SNAP, TANF or Medicaid
6. Must have an active BPRO membership for the membership year which began July 1 of the year of the fall conference for which the scholarship is being requested.
After payment of the membership dues beginning 7/1 of each year, paid members will receive a confirmation of payment email and the application for the Betty Richardson Memorial Scholarship. All applications for the scholarship must be submitted by 5 p.m. on 8/31 of the scholarship award year. All scholarship applications will be sent to the Betty Richardson Memorial Scholarship Committee in care of Henrico DSS. There shall be 5 committee members which will be selected and established by the Henrico Department of Social Services, Betty’s local agency. The committee will decide upon the top 3 candidates for the scholarship and forward these to the BPRO executive board by the regularly scheduled 3rd quarter executive board meeting.
The BPRO executive board shall decide the winner of the scholarship and ranking the other two applicants in order of preference. Should the winner of the scholarship not be given permission to attend the conference, the scholarship will proceed to the 2nd finalist.
Should the 2nd finalist not be given permission to attend the conference, the scholarship will proceed to the 3rd finalist. If none of the 3 finalist is able to attend the conference, the scholarship will not be awarded that year and the funds designated for the scholarship shall return to the BPRO administrative fee line item.
The winner shall be notified by the President by the 15th of September, they have been awarded the scholarship. The scholarship recipient will be given the name of the conference planner for further instruction concerning registration and hotel bill.
The scholarship is not subject to the $20 administrative fee which is charged to the spring conference scholarship recipients.
The scholarship recipient will be notified and the winner will be recognized at the fall business meeting of the full membership. They shall also have recognition at the BPRO website.
Members of the Executive Board are not eligible for the scholarship.
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