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Empower Education

At VBA, we believe that education is the key to unlocking endless opportunities and creating a brighter future for all. That's why we're proud to introduce EmpowerED by VBA – our charitable giving and community involvement program focused on empowering education.

As one of our core values, lifelong learning is at the heart of everything we do. We are dedicated to supporting individuals who are striving to expand their knowledge and skills through education. Through EmpowerED by VBA, we aim to make a meaningful impact in the lives of students and educators alike.

With our program, we award sponsorships to nonprofits working towards educational advancements, provide book scholarships to deserving students, and offer free student memberships. We understand the importance of investing in education and want to be a part of creating positive change in our communities.

Join us in our mission to empower education by becoming a part of EmpowerED by VBA. Together, let's support students as they thrive in their pursuit of knowledge and build a better tomorrow for all. Thank you for your support!

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Free Platinum Level Membership for College/University students.

Book Scholarship

Please note, applications will only be accepted during the following time periods:
September 1 - October 15 and January 22 - March 7

Evidence of educational pursuit:
Applicants must submit evidence of enrollment, course book requirements and receipts from the purchase of books.

You will be asked to attach: 
Proof of enrollment (i.e. class schedule)
Book requirements for class (i.e. syllabus)
Book receipts (must be listed individually, not total)

The VBA Book Scholarship Program provides a maximum of $500 per student. Scholarship grants are paid on a first-come, first-served basis. The approval and payment of any scholarship grant is based solely on the discretion of the VBA Education Committee. The Board of Directors determines the amount of funds to be allocated to the Book Scholarship Program on a per semester basis; once the allocated funds for a given semester are exhausted, no further scholarship grants will be paid. VBA makes no representation that the book scholarship program will continue in the future.


  • Participants must be enrolled as a full-time student in a post secondary Higher Education Institution. 

  • Members and supporters of VBA, their family members and those sponsored by a VBA member are eligible to apply to the Book Scholarship Program. 

  • Applicants must be enrolled as full time students at a post-secondary higher education institution. Scholarship grants may only be used for the current term/semester.

  • The scholarship grant must be the sole source of reimbursement for the applicant’s purchase of books and cannot be used in conjunction with any other grant offering reimbursement for the cost of books. 


In the event of high demand, VBA may limit each applicant to one scholarship grant per school year. The applicant’s receipt of a scholarship grant does not guarantee the receipt of any future scholarship grant. 


Our contributions support:
Youth & Education
Delivering programming and resources that give our youth every opportunity for success.

Grants are limited to organizations in the Missouri area.

To qualify for a grant, organizations must be tax-exempt, as described in the Internal Revenue Code.

Individuals, political organizations or candidates, and religious or similar groups generally do not qualify for a non-profit grant.

There is no deadline for submitting a grant application, however, applications received after Dec. 1 may be reviewed during the following year. The application review process generally takes 4-6 weeks.

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