Theodore R. & Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship

The Johnson Scholarship, funded by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, is a competitively awarded program which is available to undergraduate students with disabilities with financial need who enroll in a State University System of Florida (SUS) institution.


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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION MATERIALS TO BE RECEIVED BY THE UWF STUDENT DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER: MAY 15, 2017

This program is contingent upon annual funding by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation, Inc. and matching funding by the Florida Legislature. You must adhere to the following application guidelines in order to qualify for full consideration.


All Applicants:

Students must meet the following requirements to be considered for scholarship selection:

  • Be a Florida resident for tuition purposes, based on section 1009.21, Florida Statutes. (Students who receive the out-of-state fee waiver are not eligible as they are not residents for tuition purposes.)
  • Be seeking a first baccalaureate degree
  • Complete a Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Application Form.
  • Meet academic requirements
  • Provide documentation of the nature and/or extent of a disability based on the UWF documentation guidelines.
  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA form by March 15, 2017 and be determined to have unmet fiscal need. Be sure that the Federal School Code for your university is designated so that the university has access to your results. The FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year may be submitted as early as October 1, 2016. The FAFSA will use the 2015 income tax information.

If selected, recipients must:

  • Complete and return an acceptance form by the date specified on your 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.
  • Complete a minimum of nine (9) credit hours each semester.
  • Adhere to the minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average requirement of this program.
  • Apply for renewal consideration for each academic year in which you desire the award. Johnson Scholarship recipients may qualify for the award for up to twelve (12) semesters of undergraduate study.
First Time Applicants:

All First Time Applicants Must:

  • Provide an official current transcript (not a photocopy) which documents a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all credits. High school students who are applying for the scholarship in the first year of college should submit a current high school transcript.
  • Provide documentation of the nature and/or extent of a disability. The disability must be in one or more of the following classifications:
    • Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Blind or Low Vision
    • Deaf / Hard of Hearing
    • Orthopedic Disability
    • Psychological, Emotional, or Behavioral Disability
    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Speech / Language Disability
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Other Health Disabilities
  • Appropriate documentation includes, but is not limited to, either a recent psychological evaluation used to determine eligibility for exceptional student services, school / medical records, certification by the Division of Blind Services, or a Vocational Rehabilitation eligibility determination.
  • Documentation provided must meet the guidelines required by the institution in which the student is enrolled. Students can contact the Student Disability Resource Center for information about documentation guidelines.
First Time Applicants Must Submit the Following to SDRC:
  • A completed 2017-2018 Johnson Scholarship Application Form.
  • A current official transcript (students applying as a first semester freshman should provide their high school transcript) showing a 2.0 grade point average
  • Documentation of one or more disability
  • A personal statement (no more than one double-spaced page) pertaining to your achievements, activities, career goals, and the effects of your disability(ies)
  • Two (2) letters of reference addressing your academic success and potential, and...
  • Complete a 2017-2018 FAFSA form as indicated above.

NOTE: If you receive a Johnson Scholarship, you must still apply for renewal consideration for each academic year in which you desire the award. Johnson Scholarship recipients may qualify for the award for up to twelve (12) semesters of undergraduate study.

Renewal Applicants Must:
  • Continue to have unmet financial need based upon FAFSA.
  • Have completed at least 9 semester hours a semester, for a total of 18 semester hours (Spring and Fall).
  • Have maintained a UWF cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0, and...
  • Submit a completed 2017-2018 Johnson Scholarship Application Form to SDRC by May 15, 2017.
  • Submit a one page personal statement to SDRC of the progress the student has made toward their graduation goals.
Application Procedures:

If you apply for admission at more than one SUS institution, submit completed Johnson Scholarship application materials to each university. The application should be sent to the contact person listed on the University Contacts page.

Applications, disability documentation, personal statements, letters of reference, and an official transcript must be received by the Student Disability Resource Center at UWF no later than May 15, 2017.

Notification:

All applicants will be notified of their status as Johnson Scholarship recipients, alternate award candidates, or as students who were not selected. Notification letters will be emailed to the applicant's email address specified on the application form prior to the start of the fall semester.

Award Payment:

After verification of enrollment, the university will disburse the award on a prorated basis each academic term to eligible Johnson Scholarship recipients. The dollar amount of the 2017-2018 awards is contingent upon the level of funding from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation and the Florida Legislature.

Additional Information:

Call or write the appropriate university representative listed on the University Contacts page.


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