Financial assistance for students with disabilities may be obtained through several scholarships, a few of which are listed below such as the Johnson and Toni Jo Mason Scholarships. If you have any questions regarding any scholarship listed here, 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.
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
DEADLINE for FAFSA is April 15 (www.fafsa.ed.gov)
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 eligible freshman, current FSU undergraduate students, or transfer students. It awards an academic scholarship of $2,000 per year contingent upon the student maintaining the minimum 2.5 GPA requirement before the start of each academic semester. This scholarship is renewable in the second year if the recipient successfully meets all eligibility criteria.
About the Scholarship
Established in 2014, the Dr. Toni Jo Mason Scholarship Fund Program is designed to serve as a lasting tribute to the vision, mission, life work, and example of Dr. Toni Jo Mason to overcome obstacles and the struggle experienced by people with disabilities. Dr. Mason was diagnosed with cerebral palsy soon after birth. Her parents, both educators, created an encouraging environment that enabled and supported her belief that she could and would accomplish anything other children could do with time and determination. Dr. Mason’s life and career was a commitment to ensure that all people with disabilities were recognized by their abilities, provided encouragement, equal opportunities, and support to dream, learn, and achieve their fullest potential.
As an educator and humanitarian, Dr. Mason helped pave the way for all children with disabilities nationally. She contributed to the development of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and served as a federal child compliance officer for the United States Department of Education. She also developed and implemented the self-study and transition plans for Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As a federal child compliance officer, Dr. Mason traveled nationally and to ensure the intent and spirit of the law was implemented and upheld.
The “spirit” of the scholarship program is to support the recipient as well as raise awareness of the importance of building support networks and success opportunities for all students to dream, reach for success with “stick-to-it-ness” and never ever give up hope to reach their full potential.
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).
The scholarship is open to eligible freshman, current FSU undergraduate students or transfer students.
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.
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 August 1st.
Florida Council of the Blind Scholarships:
DEADLINE MARCH 12, 2017
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.
Chrissy Weems Scholarship:
The Chrissy Weems Scholarship was created to help the future entrepreneurs and small business owners of our world. All high school seniors who have been selected to attend a college or university and current college students are encouraged to apply. To enter for a chance to receive this $1000 scholarship you just have to write a short 500-word essay.
Students are eligible to apply for this $1000 scholarship if they meet one of the below requirements:1. A high school senior that has been accepted into a college or university OR 2. A current college student that is not in their final year.
To apply for the $1000 Chrissy Weems Scholarship, students need to write a 500-word essay on the following topic: “Share an adversity in your life that you have fought to overcome and what you have learned from it”.
To apply, fill out the application online at http://chrissyweemsscholarship.com/
Please note: By submitting an application for this scholarship, the student is giving Chrissy Weems permission to use their name and essay for marketing and promotional purposes.
February 28, 2019
A winner will be selected by the scholarship committee in March 2019. Once contacted the winner will have two weeks to respond so the scholarship can be awarded to their school’s financial aid department.