Financial aid is any grant, scholarship, part-time employment, or loan offered for the purpose of helping students pay for education-related expenses. Such aid is usually provided by federal, state, university, or private agencies. A “Free Application for Federal Aid” (FAFSA) must be completed to determine your eligibility for financial aid. Contact the Office of Student Financial Affairs if you have any questions or need additional information about student financial aid.

Several scholarship opportunities are available to current students registered with the Disability Resource Center. Each scholarship has distinct qualifications and application criteria which must be followed along with submission deadlines. Application information follows:

The Christopher M. Squiteri scholarship is for students who have a financial need and are seeking an evaluation to determine if they have a learning disability and/or ADHD. If the application is approved, the student will receive a psycho-educational, free of charge, from a community provider. The student can then bring the completed evaluation to the Disability Resource Center to determine if they are eligible for academic accommodations. Students can apply for the Disability Evaluation Squitieri Scholarship on our website.
The fund is available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with disabilities in degree-granting programs who are seeking to purchase Assistive Technology devices. The fund was established to support disability-related equipment needs of students with disabilities. The fund is not an academic scholarship. The award amount will vary depending upon the need of those qualified applicant. Students can apply for the Christopher M. Squitieri Scholarship on our website.

Please note that this scholarship is not intended to reimburse for already purchased items. If awarded, the DRC will purchase the item for the applicant.

The Johnson Scholarship, established by the Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation, Inc., is a competitively awarded program which is available to undergraduate students with disabilities with financial need who are residents for tuition purposes and who enroll or are currently enrolled in a State University System of Florida (SUS) institution. The amount of each scholarship award will vary according to established criteria with an annual award limit of $6,000. The scholarship award may be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, books and auxiliary aids. Scholarships are renewable for a maximum of 12 semesters, provided the recipient makes satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and meets minimum performance requirements (a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale). Scholarship recipients must enroll for a minimum of nine credit hours each semester.

Applications are due by April 1, 2020.

Scholarship recipients for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 academic year will be notified in July 2020 if they are selected.

Scholarship recipients are recognized at the DRC’s annual Pioneering Access Banquet which takes place in April of the Spring term. Johnson Scholarship recipients are expected to attend.

Initial applicants must:

Provide a current official (no copies) transcript which documents a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all credits
Provide documentation of disability(ies)
Gain admission as a degree-seeking undergraduate student into a SUS institution or be a currently enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate student at a SUS institution
Have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA
Be determined to be a Florida resident for tuition purposes
Submit the following:

  • A completed application form
  • A current transcript
  • Documentation of disability(ies)
  • A personal statement (no more than one double-spaced page) addressing your achievements, activities, career goals and the effects of your disability(ies)
  • Three letters of reference addressing your academic success and potential
  • Plus, mail or electronically submit a completed FAFSA form

Renewal applicants must:

Continue to have financial need and adhere to minimum enrollment, progress and GPA requirements, plus: submit a completed application form mail or electronically submit a completed FAFSA form If selected, all recipients must:

Complete and return an acceptance form by the date specified on the notification letter. Failure to return the acceptance form by the specified date will result in forfeiture of the award.
First-time recipients must participate in a Johnson Scholarship orientation.
Note: This program is contingent upon annual funding by the Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Foundation, Inc. and matching funding by the Florida Legislature.

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The Deb Richard Foundation Scholarship is a competitively awarded program which is available to students with physical disabilities since birth who enroll or are currently enrolled at the University of Florida. The amount of the scholarship award will vary according to established criteria. The scholarship award may be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, books and auxiliary aids. Scholarships are renewable for a maximum of 10 semesters, provided the recipient makes satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and meets minimum performance requirements (a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale). Scholarship recipients must enroll for a minimum of nine credit hours each semester.

Initial applicants must:

Provide a current official (no copies) transcript which documents a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all credits
Provide documentation of disability(ies)
Gain admission as a degree-seeking undergraduate student into the University of Florida or be a currently enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate student at the University of Florida
Have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA
Submit the following:

  • A completed application form for the scholarship
  • A current transcript
  • Documentation of disability(ies)
  • A personal statement (no more than one double-spaced page) addressing your achievements, activities, career goals and the nature of your disability(ies)
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing your academic success and potential
  • Plus, mail or electronically submit a completed FAFSA form.

Renewal applicants must:

Continue to adhere to minimum enrollment, progress and GPA requirements, plus:
Submit a completed application form
Mail or electronically submit a completed FAFSA form
If selected, recipients must:

Complete and return an acceptance form by the date specified on the notification letter. Failure to return the acceptance form by the specified date will result in forfeiture of the award.
First-time recipients must participate in a Deb Richard Foundation Scholarship orientation.
Additional information about the Deb Richard Foundation Scholarship, including a history of the program, can be located at the University of Florida Foundation website.

Information about other scholarship opportunities offered by federal, state, university, and private agencies is provided below. Click on the category that you are interested in for a list of available scholarships.

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