NOTE: Due to continuing impact of the pandemic, the annual VYI awards banquet will not be held this year. However, scholarship awards and MVP awards will still be made, with awardees listed on our home page.
Annually, the VYI Board of Directors grants two types of awards to graduating high school seniors:
Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards
The VYI Scholarships and the MVP Awards are different as explained below.
VYI Participation. Applicants must have played for VYI (2 seasons minimum paid participation), or coached, or volunteered in some active capacity at least TWO of the six years encompassing middle and high school years, AND a minimum of THREE years out of the past twelve either playing, coaching or otherwise volunteering for VYI activities. The total seasons played or volunteered for VYI is a primary consideration for the VYI Scholarship. Baseball, softball or soccer are not VYI sports and do not apply.
Minimum GPA. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.95 out of 4.0 and are expected to start a post high school educational program after high school graduation.
Current High School Transcript. Applicants must providea copy of a current transcript from their high school and must include grades for the first semester of the senior year. TRANSCRIPTS THAT DO NOT INCLUDE GRADES FROM THE APPLICANT'S FIRST SEMESTER OF HIS/HER SENIOR YEAR WILL BE REJECTED, AND CAUSE THE APPLICATION AS A WHOLE TO BE REJECTED. (NOTE: It is our understanding that students should be able to obtain transcripts from their high school counselors via email.)
Essay Regarding VYI experience. Applicants must submit an essay in WORD or PDF format of at least 250 words on how VYI has affected the applicant’s life (other essays you sent with college applications are NOT acceptable). Applications that do not include an essay with a minimum of 250 words will be rejected.
Recommendation Letter. Applicants must submit a recommendation letter from a teacher, coach, or other non-family adult who has supervised the applicant in a leadership or community service role.
Volunteering with VYI Confirmed. Applicants must demonstrate any volunteer, coach or leadership role with VYI by submitting a letter from the supervisor (commissioner or head coach) verifying the volunteer status. Volunteer years will not be counted without the letter from VYI Commissioner or head coach. VYI will also confirm number of volunteer years in its own system. NOTE: Volunteering with VYI is not in and of itself a requirement to apply for the scholarship. Criteria #6 only applies IF an applicant has volunteered. If an applicant has not volunteered, then Criteria #6 does not apply.
ONLINE Application by Deadline. To start the application process, the applicant must first complete an online application/registration form. This form is available on www.vyi.org by clicking on “Register Online" on the left side menu. Applicants must submit the above 6 items via the VYI administrative WEB site at "www.admin.vyi.org" before 11:59 p.m. 5/31/21. Access to admin.vyi.org is granted with a USERID equal to the email address used in the applicant’s VYI registration records. The password for admin.vyi.org is any phone number listed on the applicant’s VYI registration records. All information submitted is expected to be complete, accurate, spelled correctly, and capitalized properly.
APPLICANTS MUST MEET ALL SIX VYI SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS PLUS THE ONLINE APPLICATION REFERENCED ABOVE.
ANY VARIATION WILL LEAD TO A REJECTION OF THE APPLICATION.
Initial selections for VYI Scholarships are made after review of all online applications and requested materials. We anticipate that the scholarship awardees will be notified via email by early July.
VYI will mail scholarship checks by August 1st to the school's address provided by the recipient in the online application (admin.vyi.org) mentioned above.
MVP Awards are different from the VYI Scholarship. High school seniors do not apply for MVP Awards. MVP award recipients are chosen by each of the current VYI commissioners of each of the current VYI sports. The VYI Scholarship Committee verifies the qualifications of the proposed winners. A high school senior may also contact directly the VYI commissioner of the relevant sport to provide a sports resume and why the senior should be named the MVP for that sport no later than 6/1/21. VYI MVP Award recipients will be notified by the VYI Scholarship Committee by late June/early July.
MVP Award Recipients must have high character and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
MVP Award Recipients must, at a minimum, receive a letter in the varsity sport their senior year for which they are named MVP, have a verifiable history of participating in that sport for VYI, and plan to attend a post high school educational program in the fall following graduation. NOTE: For 2021 spring sport MVP candidates, they must have received a varsity letter in their spring sport in at least one year of the preceding three years (i.e., for their freshman, sophomore, and/or junior years).
MVP Award Recipients must have played, coached, or volunteered with VYI in some capacity at least two of the six years preceding their graduation from high school.
UPON NOTIFICATION of the MVP AWARD via Email from VYI
MVP Award Recipients must complete an online form found as "MVP Information" under “Online Forms” in the left-hand menu at www.vyi.org.
MVP Award Recipients must provide a current transcript provided directly from their high school, including grades for the first semester of their senior year.
The transcript must be uploaded to the VYI administrative website, www.admin.vyi.org. Username/UserID is the email address used in the MVP’s VYI registration record; a phone number associated with this email address is the password.