Sponsorships – The Foundation budgets $2,000 annually to help students that qualified for national competitions with their expenses. We want to help them achieve success at the National level. Sponsorship requests are due by May 1 and the superintendent determines which requests to fund and the amount.
We have helped students attend national Technology conventions, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Conferences, Skills USA competitions (welding fabrication), National Speech competitions, People to People World Leadership forums, Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) Leadership seminars, National History Day competition and more. It’s a way to help our students excel at the highest levels.
Sponsorships in Action – Four years ago, the once shy and reserved middle school student harnessed her determination to challenge herself to run for state office in the Technology Student Association (TSA). This year during her junior year of high school, Alyssa Haider successfully took her seat as a TSA officer at the national level running on a platform of communication, service and community outreach.
TSA is a student-led organization that focuses on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and develops leaders in the rapid-evolving technical world. According to TSA's mission, students participate in intra curricular activities and competitions to enhance leadership skills, career opportunities, and personal development. Partnerships with the American Cancer Society also provide service opportunities to create well-rounded students.
Alyssa is no stranger to the Technology Student Association (TSA). She attended TSA conferences with her mother starting at just six months old and remembers the excitement of these trips. The car racing competitions may have intrigued her as a child, but now she is drawn to bio-technology design challenges as she aspires to be a doctor. Alyssa notes TSA is not just about computers. There is "something for everyone...(that can) help you throughout your whole future."
The DPS Foundation, Inc. sponsors students like Alyssa who qualify for national competitions. Alyssa is grateful for the support to attend national conferences. As she states, "Opportunities like this help to further develop yourself not only as a TSA member but as a student and a person in general."
Visit www.dickinson.k12.nd.us/foundation to find out more about how you can support the foundation and its programs.
For more information about Technology Student Association (TSA) visit https://tsaweb.org/.
"Opportunities like this help to further develop yourself not only as a TSA member but as a student and a person in general."