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VDTA/Bernie Epstein College Scholarship Fund

The VDTA/Bernie Epstein College Scholarship Fund was founded in 1993. It was named after well-known businessman Bernie Epstein of State Vacuum in Tampa, FL. Bernie was quite a philanthropist. He was well known for his community service, his humanitarian ways and his ongoing love of sports. Bernie was also very well known in our industry as caring and loving toward others less fortunate. Over the years, he touched many lives in Tampa and throughout the country.

The purpose of the fund is to assist the youth of our members to attend college. The basic criteria for a recipient are: they must be a dependent of a VDTA/SDTA member or the member’s employees, they must have a 2.5 GPA, attend college on a full time basis (12 credit hours or more), have a community service and humanitarian background and be active in sports. The scholarship is worth up to $5,000 over four years.

The VDTA/Bernie Epstein College Scholarship Fund is a non-profit corporation under section 501 (C) (3) of the IRS code and Iowa’s Non-Profit Corporation Act, Chapter 504A of the Code of Iowa. Your donations are tax deductible.

We have three ways you can contribute to the college scholarship fund.
1. A donation in any amount by check or credit card.
2. Table sponsor at the annual Casino Night
3. Individual player ticket purchase at the annual Casino Night.

With the rising costs of college, these scholarships are more important than ever to these young students. The scholarship has made a difference in many lives.

For your donation, you will receive a plaque to proudly display on your wall. You will also receive recognition at the VDTA/SDTA annual Las Vegas Convention and on the VDTA/SDTA Web site.

But above all, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you have made a difference in the life of a student with ties to our industry. You will help fulfill the dreams of these young students as they go forward into their future endeavors.

If you received this information and are not the person who makes the decision on charitable contributions, please pass this along to the correct person.


VDTA/Bernie Epstein Scholarship Recipients

Ashcroft
1994
Kristine Ashcroft

Frato
1995
Jon Frato

Tscherne
1996
Donna Tscherne

Barth
1997
Julie Barth

Ault
1998
Seanna Ault

Davies
1999
Stephanie Davies

Hinds
2000
Heather Hinds

Herndon
2001
Angel Herndon

Wilts
2002
Liz Wilts

Normandy
2003
Amy Normandy

Herm
2003
Aaron Herm

Starr Herndon
2004
Starr Herndon

Martin
2004
Adam Martin

Murphy
2005
Molly Murphy

Neill
2005
Andrew Neill

Greenawalt
2006
Megan Greenawalt

Schultz
2006
Ryley Schultz

Megan McAdams
2007
Megan McAdams

James Murphy
2007
James Murphy

Jennifer Reichert
2008
Jennifer Reichert

Ryan Barber
2008
Ryan Barber

Carolina Rodriguez
2009
Carolina Rodriguez

Cory Carr
2009
Cory Carr

Emily Schehlein photo
2010
Emily Schehlein

Ethan Miller photo
2010
Ethan Miller

Jocelyn Mullins photo
2011
Jocelyn Mullins

Matthew McAdams photo
2011
Matthew McAdams

Alexandra Wile photo
2012
Alexandra Wile

Alexandra Wile photo
2013
Randi Jo Holloway

Kaitlin Sobelman photo
2014
Kaitlin Sobelman

Anthony Brady photo
2014
Anthony Brady

Nina Shur photo
2015
Nina Shur

Billy Dedich photo
2015
Billy Dedich

Megan Arnold photo
2016
Megan Arnold

Bradley Chippi photo
2016
Bradley Chippi

Bradley Chippi photo
2017
Faith Carpenter

Faith Carpenter Photo
2017
Brady Yarbrough
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