As we continue to update the BBST course material to help keep the courses relevant and provide a richer learning experience for students and instructors, we also look for additional ways to make the courses available to more people.

While we believe that BBST courses offered through the AST are reasonably priced, especially when compared to other online training opportunities, we also recognize that not everyone has the means available to cover both AST membership (a prerequisite to enrolling in BBST) and course enrollment fees. To help address this, the AST will begin offering five (5) scholarships to the BBST Foundations course each year to qualifying AST members.

To submit a scholarship application, an individual should contact the education committee chair via email with their request, which should include:

Requester name, phone, email address, relevant links, and their AST membership status
A brief (approximately 1000 word) paper on their interest in testing, how Foundations will help them, and why they need the scholarship

The scholarship selection committee, made up of the education committee chair and one other committee member, will review applications on a first-come, first-served basis until all scholarships have been awarded for a calendar year.

If awarded a scholarship, the applicant will be provided with instructions for registering for the course. All applicants will be notified via email of the selection committee’s decision regarding their application.

The AST asks that, upon completing the course, each scholarship recipient submit an experience report regarding the BBST Foundations course which may be selected for publishing to the AST’s website.