Announcing and Seeking Nominations for The "BUD" Scholarship


We all love TKP and the great content, community and outlet it provides. Joe, the staff and the community they've fostered make TKP more fun, unique, and close-knit than other sports sites.

But we can do more.

Inspired by the "Meta: Trying Something New" posts, and the recent, honest self-reflections that we VT fans need to donate more if we want to compete with the "Big Dogs", I (with Joe's support) propose an in-house TKPC "scholarship" wherein a deserving TKP reader who does not have the financial resources to pay for a TKPC membership, is gifted that membership for one year. The recipient would be dubbed a "Beneficiary Until Dipped", or BUD. (Note - this has been in the works long before coronavirus, but now more than ever, we should help each other out.)

An ideal BUD would be someone who:

  • Is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about VT sports
  • Is active and appreciated on the boards (starts relevant threads, GIFs hard, etc)
  • Is viewed as an overall positive and uplifting member of TKP boards
  • Plans to become a TKPC member after their BUD year ends, they just cannot right now

Posters who do little but decry VT student-athletes, bitch and moan about recruiting, and belittle the coaches are not BUDs. Sports are supposed to be fun, and TKP, its boards and members should be too.

My intention is to pay for a BUD scholarship in year one; my hope is someone else takes the torch every year thereafter. If you are interested in sponsoring another BUD this season, please reach out to Joe. Either way, it's an opportunity for us to "put up or shut up" about how much we care about VT, in our own FAM way.

BUD's may self-nominate, or be nominated by others. Ideally, board regulars will have plenty of worthy suggestions and reasons. Post your nominations below and they should include why you / another TKP member should be the inaugural BUD. The deadline for submitting is one week from today- 4/10/2020.

Based on the community's suggestions, a final decision will be made and announced. Logistics for payment will be worked out privately with the selectee.

Big ups to Joe for his support and logistics help with creating the BUD scholarship.


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This is awesome and I am really looking forward to seeing who y'all nominate.

Post them below.

Sam Rogers :-)

Recovering scientist working in business consulting

I imagine there are other current TKPC members who would pony up for a "gift" membership for some current members. This has been brought up almost hand-in-hand with the suggestion for a subscription payment model as the "obvious" ways for how we can expand the TKPC member base. It's nice to see feedback be implemented!

My initial suggestion for nomination would have been APFOW, but he's dipped now. Therefore, I nominate shakeitallabout, whose comments have the right mix of levity and insight.

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

I'm honored to be mentioned and certainly one of my goals is to provide an overall positive contribution to the community. However, I agree that the intention of this shouldn't be to reward someone like myself who could make the financials works but errs on the side of being a cheap bastard.

The first user that came to mind for me was jwillhokiealum. He's a solid user and it makes for a cool redemption story for someone who got on TKP years ago as a young kid and even got banned, but came back and has shown a lot of maturity in becoming a net positive to the site.

Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne, the Hound, Jeff Jagodzinski, Paul Johnson, Pat Narduzzi.

good suggestion

If you play it, they will win.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used." -The BoD

And I think there's a bit of an honor policy associated with this. We're really looking for TKPers (students, those strapped for cash) to award this to, not someone with the money who simply doesn't want to pay for a TKPC membership.


"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

Isn't jwill a student (at Marshall)?

I believe so, feel free to nominate.


To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
@BuryHokie #ThanksFrank

I'm unsure as to who to nominate, but I would financially contribute to this effort.

Shoot me an email my man. Although at this point we might run into a good problem of more sponsors than recipients.

I did, but not sure I have the correct email for you? The only one I found was '', and that was old.

Try joe@....

"Why gobble gobble chumps asks such good questions, I will never know." - TheFifthFuller

If it was easy, like say kicking in a couple dollars when my subscription renews then I'd chip in.


He's already in because he contributes to TKP from time to time.

Remember when I tried to start The Key Philanthropists Club and got laughed out of the room? We'll see how it fare this go round.

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I wouldn't normally nominate myself but it doesn't seem as if anyone else is being nominated, I am a student, in my sophomore year. You probably know me as basketball giftory man

Seconded for the time/effort on Giftory this bball season

VB born, class of '14

he has this plebeian's vote as well

Did you get the email I sent you?

No, not seeing anything.
tylervtfan (at) hotmail dot com ?

Yup, sent it there. Check spam perhaps?

got the update response

'BUD' also acronyms to 'Bad User Definition', so I hereby nominate socalbuck2014.



-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do? -Put it up to fully dipped? -Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

Greta Idea. Where do I sign up to contribute?

Thanks 93...I got year one set... I'm with Joe; right now there appears to be more peeps offering to fund it than there are nominations to GET the scholly... unexpected, but shows the generosity and close-knit aspect of this site that prompted this idea in the first place!

The Cup is going nowhere Mikey!

Send me an email, joe [at] thekeyplay [dot] com.

Fam, we've had some solid nominations in this thread. Help make our decision tough and provide some more, either for yourself or others. Tomorrow is the deadline.

I lurk a lot more than I post, but since we haven't got too many nominations figured I'd throw my name in the hat. I'm graduating this year, so hopefully next year I'll be able to pay for my own subscription.

I nominate twamp. Any student that wants to be a member post here. I believe we can find enough donors to help.