Scholarships for students with disabilities within Florida’s State University System who demonstrate financial need.
Since 1993, the Johnson Scholarship Foundation has been supporting students in the State University System (SUS) of Florida who have documented disabilities and financial need. Recipients of the scholarships can now be found at all twelveof the SUS institutions—i.e., Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida State University, New College of Florida, the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, the University of North Florida, the University of South Florida, the University of West Florida and Florida Polytechnic University.
This program now serves more than 200 undergraduate students each year, providing each recipient up to $6,000 per year in need-based aid. Since the inception of the program, hundreds of students with disabilities have received support to pursue baccalaureate degrees in a wide range of disciplines.
The Johnson Scholarship Program is funded by contributions from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation and from matching funds allocated by the Florida Legislature through the University Matching Gifts Program. Staff from the Office of the Board of Governors work closely with Foundation staff to administer the Program. Students apply for the scholarship annually through their university coordinator’s office. A campus committee consisting of university staff and faculty then reviews the applications and determines individual student awards. By involving faculty and staff on these campus committees, the university community has become more aware of the special challenges that students with disabilities face. Many times, these members end up becoming mentors and advocates for the students.
Determining awards for individual students is often a difficult task, because there is always more fiscal need than available funding. Although the Scholarship Program allows for up to $6,000 a year per student, committee members often choose to award less to each student so that more qualifying students may receive some funding.
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