Scholarship for Special Education Degree Program Students

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, January 7, 2022

About the Scholarship: Two $3,000 scholarships are presented annually. The scholarship is paid in installments of $1,500.00 per semester for any year the student is enrolled in college. The funds must be claimed within a four-year period from the time the scholarship was awarded.

About Joseph T. Weingold: This scholarship honors Joseph T. Weingold, first President and Executive Director of The Arc New York.  Mr. Weingold was a pioneer in the field, significantly shaping national policies on intellectual and developmental disabilities. Joseph T. Weingold was at the center of policy developments positively affecting the lives of people with I/DD in New York State and across the nation for four decades before retiring in 1980. Consistent with his belief that people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities should have a distinct legal status, he originated the concept of a separate state agency, now the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and became one of the primary founders of the national organization, The Arc.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Students must be enrolled in a New York State degree program, leading to a special education certification
    Students must be a New York State resident
  • Students currently receiving a scholarship through The Arc New York are not eligible to receive simultaneous scholarships

Application Requirements:
  • Completed application
  • One signed letter of recommendation from an Academic Instructor 

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. Have you previously applied for this scholarship?

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* 3. Are you currently receiving a scholarship through The Arc New York?

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* 4. If so, in what year was it awarded?

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* 5. Please describe your education plans. How will your continued education positively impact your involvement in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities?

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* 6. Please provide a brief statement indicating how you became interested in becoming a professional in the field of special education

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* 7. Describe your experiences with people who have intellectual or other developmental disabilities. Please include both volunteer and employment or academic experiences.

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* 8. Describe your most meaningful achievement and how it relates to your field of study and future goals.

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* 9. What do you feel is the most important issue facing the field of special education today? If you had the power to impact this issue in a positive way, what specific changes would you make?

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* 10. Upload Letter of Recommendation

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* 11. Digital Signature - Please type your full name and the date into the field below as your electronic signature (ex. Jane Doe, 8/25/2021)

ALL fields must be completed for the application to be considered.

Please send any additional documentation to The Arc New York State Office via email, mail or fax.

Scholarship and Awards Committee
The Arc New York
29 British American Blvd, 2nd Floor
Latham, NY 12110 

Fax (518) 439-1893

Phone (518) 439-8311

Email questions and application materials to scholarships@thearcny.org

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