Roberts Wesleyan University has received a $28,000 grant from the Flower City Down Syndrome Network to create an endowed scholarship to assist students pursuing careers that serve people with Down syndrome.
The scholarship, which ranges from $500 to $1,000 annually, will be awarded to currently enrolled traditional undergraduate or graduate students making satisfactory progress toward their degree in teacher education, special education, school psychology, occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, or other related health and human services fields.
Successful applicants in good academic standing must also demonstrate a passion for or history of working with people with Down syndrome, and preference may be given to students with financial need.
“At a time when our country needs educators more than ever, especially educators who serve students with diverse abilities, Roberts is pleased to partner with Flower City Down Syndrome Network for this grant to help students advance their education with less financial burden,” said Kimberley Wiedefeld, vice president of enrollment management at Roberts Wesleyan University. “As someone with a personal connection to Down syndrome, it’s encouraging to see more resources allocated to programs in our community and more students expressing a dedicated interest and passion for serving individuals with Down syndrome and other diverse abilities post-graduation.”
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