Student Disability Resource Center

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Mentor Program

The SDRC Mentor Program is open to all students registered at the SDRC. The goal is to create a partnership in which mentor and mentee both teach and learn from one another. Mentors aid mentees in familiarizing themselves with the Florida State campus, and the Student Disability Resource Center in particular. This aids in becoming knowledgeable and comfortable with college life on campus.

Outcomes of the program include:

  • Giving newly registered students at the SDRC a personal resource to aid them in familiarizing themselves with the Florida State campus, as well as the SDRC. The goal is to create a smoother transition into college life.
  • Promoting the building of relationships in which both parties act as teachers and learners.
  • Engaging and empowering students with disabilities, enabling them to embrace their culture, and give back to both Florida State and disability communities.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or having a mentor, please contact Spencer Scruggs


Financial assistance through the Johnson and Toni Joy Mason Scholarships. Information as well as the application for this scholarship is listed below; however, if you have any questions regarding this scholarship please contact the SDRC at 850.644.9566.

There are other places on campus to find assistance, such as the STAR Center located in the University Financial Aid office, which can be found in UCA 4400 A. Outside organizations also offer financial assistance for college students with disabilities. For example, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Division of Blind Services offer help based on financial need. It is the responsibility of the student to research and contact any outside organizations offering scholarships, grants, or other financial assistance. Listed on this page you will find requirements and contact information for several financial aid resources.

Johnson Scholarship:

Undergraduate students must have at least a 2.0 GPA, have completed the FAFSA form, submitted an application, send an official transcript (new students only) , and provide documentation of your disability. The student must also complete a personal statement (no more than one double-spaced page) pertaining to your achievements, activities, career goals, and the effects of your disability(ies) along with three letters of references addressing your academic potential and success.

DEADLINE for application materials is due no later than May 1, 2017
DEADLINE for FAFSA is April 15 (

Application Form:

Toni Jo Mason Scholarship:

The Toni Jo Mason Scholarship Fund, funded by the Toni Jo Mason Private Foundation, is a competitively awarded program which is available to first time entering undergraduate students with physical disabilities and financial need who are actively enrolled at Florida State University. You must adhere to the following application guidelines in order to qualify for full consideration.

All Applicants

In order to demonstrate financial need, all applicants must have completed a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA form, and have it mailed to the appropriate address as indicated on the FAFSA form.

Initial Applicants Must:

Provide a current transcript which documents a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all credits. High school students who are applying for the first year of college should submit a current high school transcript.

Students must have a physical disability registered with the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) at Florida State University. The disability must be in one or more of the following classifications: hearing impairment, physical impairment; or visual impairment. Students may contact the SDRC office for clarification as to what is required.

Gain admission as a first–time–degree–seeking undergraduate student into Florida State University.

Have a demonstrated financial need (determined from FAFSA information).

First Time Applicants Must Submit the Following:

  • A completed Toni Jo Mason Scholarship Fund Application Form;
  • Documentation of an eligible physical disability (WE HAVE ON FILE WITH SDRC);
  • A narrative about your disability, its impact on your progress and success in High School

Renewal Applicants Must:

Continue to have financial need and adhere to minimum enrollment, progress, and grade point average (2.5) requirements of the program, plus:

  • Submit a completed Toni Jo Mason Scholarship Fund Application Form to the SDRC office;
  • Mail or complete on–line FAFSA form as indicated above.

Application Procedures:

The application should be sent to the contact person listed at the end of the form. Applications, disability documentation, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and a transcript must be received by the SDRC no later than July 15.

Application Form:

Florida Council of the Blind Scholarships:

The 2017 Florida Council of the Blind Scholarship Program consists of awards totaling $4,000.00, offered to outstanding blind students enrolled in academic, professional or technical education beyond the high school level.

Information Form:

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation is designed to help persons with disabilities obtain jobs and meet their career goals.

The SDRC has a Vocational Rehabilitation specialist available once a week to meet with students. To make an appointment, call the front desk at 850.644.9566 or contact:

Horace Brown
Phone: 850.245.3440
Fax: 850.245.3465

Risa Davis
Phone: 850.245.3440
Fax: 850.245.3465

Division of Blind Services

For the Division of Blind Services contact:

Bertha Hyche
Phone: 850.245.0387
Fax: 850.245.0386

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