Thanks to private donors and organizations, Flagler is able to offer the following scholarships to eligible students with disabilities
The Toni Jo Mason Annual Academic Scholarship
About the Scholarship:
The Toni Jo Mason Annual Academic Scholarship is funded by the Toni Jo Mason Private Foundation competitively awarded to eligible freshmen, current Flagler undergraduate students or transfer students. It awards an academic scholarship of $1,500 in fall and spring semesters for two consecutive academic years (total of $6,000 per student), contingent on the student maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA before the start of each semester.
Established in 2020, the Toni Jo Mason Annual Academic Scholarship is designed to serve as a lasting tribute to the vision, mission, life work, and example of Dr. Toni Jo Mason to overcome obstacles and the struggles experienced by people with disabilities. Dr. Mason was diagnosed with cerebral palsy soon after birth. Her parents, both educators, created an encouraging environment that enabled and supported her belief that she could and would accomplish anything other children could do with time and determination. Dr. Mason’s life and career was a commitment to ensure that all people with disabilities were recognized by their abilities. Provided encouragement, equal opportunities, and support to dream, learn, and achieve their fullest potential.
As an educator and humanitarian, Dr. Mason helped pave the way for all children with disabilities nationally. She contributed to the development of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and served as a federal child compliance officer for the United States Department of Education. She also developed and implemented the self-study and transition plans for Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As a federal child compliance officer, Dr. Mason traveled nationally and to ensure the intent and spirit of the law was implemented and upheld.
The “spirit” of the scholarship program is to support the recipient as well as raise awareness of the importance of building support networks and success opportunities for all students to dream, reach for success with “stick-to-it-ness” and never ever give up hope to reach their full potential.
In order to demonstrate financial need, all applicants must have completed a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA form, and have it mailed to the appropriate address as indicated on the FAFSA form.
Initial Applicants Must:
- Provide a current transcript which documents a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all credits. High school students who are applying for the first year of college should submit a current high school transcript.
- Students must have a physical disability registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) at Flagler College. The disability must be in one or more of the following classifications: hearing impairment, physical impairment; or visual impairment. Students may contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) office for clarification as to what is required.
- Gain admission as a first–time–degree–seeking undergraduate student into Flagler College.
- Have a demonstrated financial need (determined from FAFSA information).
- The scholarship is open to eligible freshmen, current Flagler College undergraduate students or transfer students.
- The recipient student is required to submit a written scholarship acceptance letter to the Scholarship administrator (Vice President of Academic Affairs) with copy to the Donor that will include but not be limited to the intended use of the scholarship funds.
- The student recipient is required to submit a short written essay annually to the Scholarship administrator (Vice President of Academic Affairs) with copy to the Donor identifying the use of all awarded funds and how the Dr. Toni Jo Mason Academic Scholarship has influenced their personal and academic success.
First time applicants must submit the following:
- A completed Toni Jo Mason Scholarship Fund Application Form;
- Documentation of an eligible physical disability;
- A 2-5 page essay on a topic related to overcoming the obstacles and struggles of living and learning with disabilities and why you are applying for a Dr. Toni Jo Mason Scholarship;
- A narrative about your disability, its impact on your personal success and pre-collegiate and/or collegiate academic progress; and
- Two letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s character, commitment to academic success, and service.
Renewal applicants must:
Continue to have financial need and adhere to minimum enrollment, progress, and grade point average (2.5) requirements of the program, plus:
- Submit a completed Toni Jo Mason Scholarship Fund Application Form to the Disability Resource Center (DRC) office;
- Mail or complete online FAFSA form as indicated above.
- Submit a 2-5 page narrative addressing your academic and personal success during the past year, your insights on issues related to supporting the success of students with disabilities, and how the Dr. Toni Jo Mason Scholarship funding was used to support your success.
The application should be sent to the contact person listed at the end of the form. Applications, disability documentation, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and a transcript must be received by the Disability Resource Center (DRC) no later than February 28, 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact Phil Pownall, Director of the Disability Resource Center (904-819-6460, firstname.lastname@example.org)