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Applications due December 31, 2017


About Our Scholarship

In April 2012, Region III lost a dedicated safety professional who served the Region tirelessly in the interests of furthering VPP. Larry Shaffer worked for International Paper participating in many audits as a SGE and mentoring countless sites. Larry was a past SGE and Mentor of the Year and was the first SGE ever to participate on VPP evaluations in Europe. Larry also served on the Region III Board of Directors for many years. The Board of Directors voted unanimously to create a scholarship in Larry’s name as a way to honor Larry and his many contributions through the years to Region III and VPP.

Meet the 2017 Winners

The Larry Shaffer Scholarship

The Region III VPPPA Scholarship Committee will select and award two (2) scholarships ranged from $500 to $1,000 for one year of full or part-time study. You may receive an award for more than one year of your study program; however you must reapply and be selected from each year’s applicant pool.

Awards are offered for tuition, books and academic fees for post-secondary education programs. This includes such programs as those offered by accredited vocational-technical schools, and for two- or four- year college or university degree programs. Awards must be utilized in the academic year that they are received.

Who is Eligible?

How do I Apply?

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Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and is reviewed only by the Region III Scholarship Committee.

For questions and to submit applications, email Mike LaPradd at

How are the Scholarship Recipients Selected?

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, and an outside appraisal. Financial need is not considered. Selection of recipients is made by the Region III Scholarship Committee. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final. Applicants will be notified prior to the Annual Region III Conference where award presentations will be made. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.