Application instructions

Application OPEN August 15, 2023

Deadline: October 24, 2023 by 11:55PM

Supporting Materials (Teacher Recommendation, and School Counselor Letter) Due: October 26, 2023

Students are required to submit an online application by the October 24 deadline.

Students chosen to participate in VASTS will receive an email notification on or before November 3, 2023.

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’ School Counselor confirms the following information about the student.

● The student attends a Virginia High School
● The student is in the 11th or 12th grade
● The student has at least a 2.7 GPA
● This letter is requested through the online application system, and the School 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.


NOTE: Student Transcript and 3.0 GPA are required for students who wish to register for the optional college credit for this program.

Letter of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is due along with the application 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 deadline. The student will receive an email notification when this letter is submitted.