Application Instructions

Application Deadline: November 1, 2013 


Students are required to submit an online application by the November 1 deadline.

Students chosen to participate in VASTS will receive an email notification by November 22, 2013.

Online application

Once you have submitted the on-line application, you will receive an email confirming the submission.


Guidance Counselor Letter

In lieu of a High School Transcript, this program requests that the students' Guidance Counselor submits a letter on their behalf stating the following:

  • The student attends a Virginia High School
  • The student is in the 11th grade
  • The student has at least a 2.7 GPA

This letter is requested through the online application system, and the Guidance Counselor submits this letter automatically through the same online application system.

Please note: the automated request for this letter is not sent until the student "submits" their application.

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is due on or before November 1 and should be provided by a school teacher or administrator. If home schooled, the letter can be from someone who can attest to the applicant's academic qualifications.

Once the student has submitted their application, the system will email the specified individual instructions on how to submit an on-line letter of recommendation on the applicants behalf. Please inform them that they will be receiving an email from with these instructions. All letters of recommendation must be submitted via the on-line application system. Letters of recommendation submitted in any other manner will not be accepted.

Important Note: It is the responsibility of the student to follow up with the person who is providing a letter of recommendation to ensure the recommendation is submitted electronically by the November 1st deadline. The student will receive an email notification when this letter is submitted.