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Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities

Office of Disability Services at Texas State University Scholarships

The Office of Disability Services awards the Jaksa and Nesenholtz Scholarships each year.  The scholarship application acceptance period will be determined. Winners will be notified no later than to be determined.

The scholarship money will be awarded to the selected recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year.  This scholarship is not renewable, but students may reapply for the scholarship each spring semester.  Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of Disability Services via phone at 512.245.3451 or email at

Jaksa Scholarship

The Blake Edward Jaksa Scholarship has been endowed to assist enrolled Texas State University students who have a severe hearing disorder. Prospects must have a 2.5 GPA and making progress towards a degree. The scholarship is awarded annually. However, if the recipient of the scholarship does not maintain a 2.5 GPA, the spring award will be revoked. The scholarship can be used to pay for tuition, fees or books. Awards are based on documentation of need, academic performance and completeness of the application. Students must submit a completed ODS General Scholarship Application and provide an audio-logical report.

Nesenholtz Memorial Scholarship

The Nesenholtz Memorial Scholarship has been endowed to assist enrolled Texas State students with disabilities who have financial need. Preference is given to students with physical impairments and students majoring in history. Students must be enrolled full-time. Applicants must present documentation of a disability to the Office of Disability Services (ODS) if they are not already registered with the office.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship

The Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship is awarded to qualified students with moderate to profound hearing loss to continue their education on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Preference is given to undergraduates. Students must demonstrate a serious commitment to academic and career excellence. All fields of study are welcome. The scholarship award is not renewable, but it can be awarded twice, through reapplying.  For more information, visit the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing website.

AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship

AmeriGlide is the leading supplier and distributor of home mobility products including wheelchair lifts and stair lifts. The AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship is a program offered to full-time college students who use wheelchairs. The goal is to help provide financial assistance for the winning student's books or other school related supplies to deserving mobility challenged students. This $1000 scholarship contest occurs twice a year for the Fall and Spring semesters. For more information, visit

Beaumont Foundation of America

The Beaumont Foundation of America grants Toshiba branded equipment to support digital inclusion for under served individuals. The Foundation will grant $350 million over 5 years in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Foundation has three distinct grant programs including individual grants of technology equipment directly to individuals. For more information, visit Beaumont Foundation scholarships website.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

Founded under the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 this congressionally-funded program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education. The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies abroad by supporting undergraduates who have been traditionally underrepresented (students with disabilities) in US study abroad and those with high financial need.

The Gilman Scholarship provides awards of up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduate students at two and four-year institutions to pursue country-based undergraduate opportunities abroad of up to one academic year. To be eligible students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba. Texas State students with disabilities are encouraged to visit the office of Correspondence & Extension Studies before applying as staff members in this office can provide tips on submitting a competitive application. For more information, full eligibility criteria and the online application please access the Gilman Program web site at

Exceptional Nurse

Exceptional Nurse awards a scholarship of $250.00 to a qualified student with a disability to continue their education in a nursing education program. Preference is given to undergraduate students. Applicants must demonstrate a serious commitment to the academic study of nursing and career excellence. This scholarship is not renewable and will only be awarded once. For additional information, visit

Lily Reintegration Scholarship

In order to be eligible for consideration for the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, or bipolar disorder
  • Be currently receiving medical treatment for the disease, including medications and psychiatric follow-up
  • Be actively involved in rehabilitative or reintegrative efforts, such as clubhouse membership, part-time work, volunteer efforts or school enrollment
  • Complete an application package that includes an application form, essay, transcripts (if applicable), recommendation forms from three references and school financial requirements.

The Lilly Reintegration Scholarship program is designed to offer financial assistance for a wide range of educational opportunities in which students work to attain a certificate or degree. Eligible programs include: high school equivalency programs, trade or vocational school programs, associate degrees, bachelor degrees, or graduate degrees. Please note, noncredit courses are not covered under the scholarship. For more information, or to request a copy of the web application via U.S. mail, please contact us via: E-mail:, Phone: 800-809-8202, Mail: Lilly Secretariat, PMB 327, 310 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068-3251

Parke-Davis Epilepsy Scholarship

The Parke-Davis Epilepsy Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000.00 is awarded annually to high school seniors who have applied to a college or university, and college students continuing with college or graduate school. Applicants must be currently under a physician's care for the treatment of epilepsy and must be currently taking anti-epileptic medication. For additional information, e-mail:

Sertoma Scholarships (For Students who are Hearing Impaired)

The Sertoma Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000.00 is awarded annually in June. Students who have a documented hearing loss, are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and have a 3.2 or better GPA are eligible for this scholarship. For additional information, visit Sertoma International's website.


1800Wheelchair is a full-service online retailer of mobility equipment.  Established in 2006, the program awards $500 to assist an undergraduate student of a junior or four-year college with their academic pursuits. The scholarship program was developed for college students because they represent a significant portion of people in need of mobility assistance. Scholarship application guidelines and information can found on 1800wheelchairs' website.

To qualify for entry, participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled at an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Enrolled at the undergraduate level
  • Legal resident of the U.S. or hold a valid student visa
  • Carry a status of  "Good Standing"
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0.

Additional Financial Aid Opportunities

Certification of Deafness Tuition Waiver

Students who are deaf and hard of hearing may be eligible for a tuition waiver under Senate Bill 183 by following the steps included on the Certification of Deafness Tuition Waiver webpage.

Certificate of Blindness Tuition Waiver

Students who are legally blind may be eligible for a tuition waiver by following the steps included on the Certificate of Blindness Tuition Waiver webpage.