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The Office for Disability Services (ODS) currently administers several scholarships for students with disabilities. The ODS web site contains descriptive information regarding ODS policies and procedures regarding scholarships, guidelines and descriptions of the scholarships and an on-line application form.

Note: Applications for scholarships will ONLY be accepted between January 15 through April 30 of each year.


Scholarship Application
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Review all of the scholarship procedures prior to submitting the application. If you have any questions, please contact the Scholarship Coordinator at ODS. The link to the on-line application can be found below.

I. ODS Scholarship Procedures:
In order to be eligible for scholarships through the Office for Disability Services (ODS), students applying  must meet all of the criteria outlined below:

A) Eligibility Criteria for All Scholarships Administered by ODS:

1. Academic Requirements:

a) Students must have a Penn State University cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

b) Students must have been enrolled in a degree program at any Penn State University location for at least one semester of having completed a minimum of 12 credits.

c) Students must be enrolled for the number of credits required in the scholarship guidelines in order to receive a scholarship award. If for any reason a student is not enrolled during a semester for which the student received an award, the award money will be returned to the scholarship fund.

2. Disability Information:
All scholarship applicants must be determined by the University to have a disability according to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Rehab. Act), 1973, or the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

a) Students who have received academic adjustments during the Spring Semester must request a copy of their current Spring Semester Academic Adjustment Letter. The academic adjustment letter must appear on Penn State letterhead, be dated, and signed by the Disability Specialist at University Park or the Disability Contact Liaison (DCL) at other Penn State locations. See (c.) below.

b) Students who did not request or receive academic adjustments during the Spring semester, but are registered with Disability Services, must request a letter from the Disability Specialist or the DCL specifically verifying that the student is considered by Penn State University to have a disability under the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act. The verification letter must appear on Penn State letterhead, be dated, and signed by the Disability Specialist at University Park or their DCL at other Penn State locations. See (c.) below

c) Students must contact their Disability Specialist or DCL to submit their current Spring semester academic adjustment letter or verification letter to the Scholarship Coordinator at ODS.  DCL’s may fax letters (814-863-3217) or mail a copy to ODS.

B) Application Deadlines:
The ODS accepts applications for scholarships beginning January 15th through April 30th each year. Applications must be submitted no later than April 30. Applications received after the April 30th deadline will not be considered by the scholarship committee.

C) Financial Aid Information:
In addition to completing the ODS scholarship application; applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for determination of financial need for each academic year. This application can be obtained from the Office of Student Aid or the student aid representative at any Penn State location. The application can also be obtained at the following web site: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA application is critical in the scholarship review process. Scholarships will not be reviewed or awarded unless a current FAFSA has been submitted.

All scholarships are competitive in nature. Penn State uses the results of the FAFSA to determine demonstrated financial need. Students who have an expected family contribution lower than Penn State's cost of attendance demonstrates some degree of financial need. Although all students demonstrating need are considered for need-based scholarships, donors intend that students with substantial financial need will be given first consideration.

D) Scholarship Application Criteria:

1. Students must meet all of the criteria set forth in the scholarship guidelines in order to be eligible for a specific scholarship. Guidelines for the scholarship criteria are clearly indicated by the donor. Descriptions and guidelines for scholarships available through ODS are included in this document.

2. Scholarship applications submitted during the Spring semester are for awards for the Fall and Spring semesters of the following academic year. That is, award amounts are distributed by placing half in the student's account in the Fall semester and half in the student's account in the Spring semester. Awards are not given in one lump sum for any one semester. Awards are not given for summer sessions.

3. On the application form, students must indicate the scholarships for which they are applying. It is not necessary to submit a separate application for each scholarship.

E) Notification to Scholarship Award Recipients:
Students awarded scholarships will receive an official letter from The Office for Disability Services, after the scholarship committee has met, and prior to the Fall semester. Scholarship awardees are asked to write a Thank You letter to the scholarship donor. http://www.psu.edu/studentaid/scholarships/schthankyou.shtml?reload

II . Descriptions of Scholarships Available Through ODS

The University considers a student full-time if he/she schedules a total of 12 or more credits per semester. The University considers a student part-time if he/she schedules a total of 6 credits and less than 12 credits. Second semester standing is determined as having completed at least 12 credits.

  • Delta Chi Disabled Student Grant Fund
    The purpose of this fund shall be to provide grants-in-aid to graduate and/or undergraduate disabled students enrolled at University Park location.
    • Eligibility: All scholarship applicants must be determined by the University to have a disability according to the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act. Consideration shall be given to all graduate and/or undergraduate students currently enrolled at University Park who are considered by the University to be disabled. Additional criteria include demonstrated academic achievement, character, leadership, and financial need.
  • Delta Gamma Golden Anchor Award
    The purpose of the award is to recognize students enrolled at the University who are achieving their academic goals despite severe visual impairment.
    • Eligibility: All scholarship applicants must be determined by the University to have a disability according to the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act. Consideration shall be given to all students with severe visual impairment who have completed at least 3 semesters at the University, have achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.5, and who have demonstrated perseverance and strength of character.
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship [ http://www.newcombefoundation.org
    The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students with disabilities enrolled as degree candidates at the University.
    • Eligibility: All scholarship applicants must be determined by the University to have a disability according to the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act. Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all graduate and undergraduate students, full-time and half time, enrolled at any location of the Pennsylvania State University. Additional criteria for consideration include demonstrated academic achievement, serious career orientation, and financial need.
  • Polis Charitable Foundation - Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarship
    The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at Penn State.
    • Eligibility: Consideration shall be given to students who have demonstrated financial need and are disabled as defined under the provision of the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act. Preference shall be given to undergraduate and graduate students who are hearing impaired.
  • Perrotta Family - Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarship
    The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding graduate and undergraduate students enrolled (or planning to enroll) at Penn State who have demonstrated need for funds to meet their college expenses.
    • Eligibility: Consideration shall be given to students who have demonstrated financial need and are disabled as defined under the provision of the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act. Students must be registered with the Office of Disability Services and the Office of Veterans Programs at any Penn State campus. First preference shall be given to students who are participating in the disability recreation programs and who may have military service-connected disabilities.
  • David E. Gallagher - Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Memorial Endowed Trustee Scholarship http://www.davidgallagherfoundation.org/ 
    The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at The Pennsylvania State University who have demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses. The David Gallagher Foundation was established to keep alive the memory and spirit of David Gallagher. David, who died suddenly in 2004, had a strong sense of character with a generous spirit. The David Gallagher Foundation seeks to financially assist organizations that were close to David's heart, especially those pertaining to learning disabilities and epilepsy.
    • Eligibility: Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll at The Pennsylvania State University who have demonstrated financial need. The Office of Student Aid is responsible for identifying the eligible pool of students. First preference shall be given to students from the eligible pool who are disabled as defined under provision of the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act. If no students meet the first preference in a given year, funds will be awarded to any student in the eligibility pool, regardless of preference.
  • Bobbi Coulter Rich Scholarship
    The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to students enrolled at the Pennsylvania State University who have end stage renal disease.
    • Eligibility: All scholarship applicants must be determined by the University to have a disability according to the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act. Consideration of this scholarship shall be given to all full-time or half-time students enrolled at the University who have end stage renal disease or are awaiting or have received a kidney transplant. If no candidates can be found, the search may be broadened to include students with a chronic renal condition or disorder.
  • William Arthur Vogely Award Fund in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
    The purpose of this award shall be to honor and recognize outstanding achievement to outstanding graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at the Pennsylvania State University, who are disabled.
    • Eligibility: All scholarship applications must be determined by the University to have a disability according to the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act Consideration for this award shall be given to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences who have achieved outstanding academic achievement. The search may be broadened to deserving students, who have achieved outstanding academic achievement, within the Energy, Environmental and Mineral Economics minor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
  • The Charles T. and Ella Fowler Douds Scholarship Fund
    The purpose of this award shall be to provide scholarships for outstanding students, graduate or undergraduate, enrolled at the University who have a demonstrated need for funds to meet their educational expenses.
    • Eligibility: All scholarship applicants must be determined by the University to have a disability according to the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act. Consideration shall be given to deserving students who are enrolled as full-time students at the University, who have achieved superior academic records and who manifest promise of future success in their field. Preferential consideration shall be given, but not limited to, applicants with chronic health problems, such as diabetes, impairments of sight or hearing, inability to walk or other physical disabilities.
  • David R. Martino Memorial Scholarship
    The purpose of this award shall be to provide financial assistance to disabled students enrolled as a full-time student at the University.
    • Eligibility: All scholarship applicants must be determined by the University to have a disability according to the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act. Consideration for this award shall be given to any full-time student enrolled at the University with a documented need for financial assistance.
  • Virginia G. Rimer Memorial Scholarship
    The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at the Pennsylvania State University who have a disability.
    • Eligibility: All scholarship applicants must be determined by the University to have a disability according to the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act. Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the Pennsylvania State University who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success.
  • Jason C. and Martha Lee Stone Scholarship In Honor of Solveig and Frederick Samuel Dietz
    The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the Pennsylvania State University who are physically disabled and who have a proven need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.
    • Eligibility: All scholarship applicants must be determined by the University to have a disability according to the ADAAA or the Rehab. Act. Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled at the Pennsylvania State University who have achieved positive academic records or who manifest promise of academic success, who are physically disabled, and who have a proven financial need. Preference shall be given to graduate students.
  • Howard C. and Betty B. Woodring – Newcombe Foundation
    The purpose of this scholarship will be to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at the Pennsylvania State University who have a demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses and who are disabled under Section 504, 1983 Rehabilitation Act, as amended.
    • Eligibility: Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the Pennsylvania State University who have a demonstrated financial need and who are disabled as defined under the provisions of Section 504.
    • Preference shall be given to students enrolled at Penn State Altoona.
  • Christopher Warren Barnes Endowment
    The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University who have a demonstrated need for funds to meet their college expenses.
    • Eligibility: Consideration will be given to all full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Health and Human Development who have demonstrated financial need.  First preference shall be given to those who have disabilities, not including learning disabilities, as defined under provision of Section 504, 1973 Rehabilitation Act, as amended.
    • Second preference shall be given to those enrolled in the School of Nursing and third preferences shall be given, but not limited to, the Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders, or the department of Human Development & Family Studies.


Scholarship Application: [ Applications for scholarships will ONLY be accepted between January 15 through April 30 of each year.]
Review all of the information above prior to filling out and submitting the application. If you have any questions concerning ODS scholarships, please contact ODS to speak with the Scholarship Coordinator.

Other Resources for Scholarships

Office for Disability Services
The Pennsylvania State University
116 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814 863-1807 (V/TTY)
Fax: 814 863-3217