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Office of Disability Services

Scholarships

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2017 Scholarship recipients

2021 Office of Disability Services Scholarship Banquet 

The Office of Disability Service invites you to join us in recognizing our outstanding scholarship recipients at our virtual scholarship banquet on April 21st from 6 to 7 p.m. Because last year’s scholarship banquet was cancelled due to COVID-19, we will also be recognizing our 2020 scholarship recipients.  

We strive to host inclusive and accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Evan Mason

Scholarships Offered by Disability Services

For information about scholarships offered by the Office of Disability Services, please contact Evan Mason.

  • ACB Ohio Scholarship: Established by the American Council of the Blind of Ohio in 2008, this scholarship is awarded to students who are blind or visually impaired. Preference will be given to Ohio Residents.
  • B. Jean Denney Disability Services Scholarship: This scholarship was created by Jean Denney who worked for Wright State University from 1984 until her retirement in 2017. During her career, Jean was actively involved with adapted recreation, teaching, the development of the Wingerd Service Dog Park, and supporting Wright State students. The purpose of this scholarship is to support student employees of the Office of Disability Services. Priority will be given to students with demonstrated financial need.
  • Dee Baxter Memorial Scholarship: Established by the Beavercreek Lions Club in 2015, this scholarship supports full-time, undergraduate students who are legally blind. Recipients must have demonstrated financial need.
  • Eric L. Friedland Fund: Established by Dr. Eric L. Friedland in 2013, this fund may be awarded to support students in international education experiences, personal assistance, working with special populations, and faculty training.
  • Fairborn Lions Scholarship: Established by the Fairborn Lionesses Club in 1975, this scholarship supports full-time, undergraduate students who are legally blind. Recipients must have demonstrated financial need.
  • Frederick A. White Endowed Scholarship: Established by Wright State Vice President, Fred A. White in 1975, this scholarship will be awarded to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student who maintains a minimum 3.4 GPA.
  • Frederick A. White Prize: Established by Wright State Vice President, Fred A. White in 1975, this scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student who maintains a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrates leadership and participation in university activities. 
  • Grabowski Family Endowed Scholarship: Established by Pamela J. Herrlein in 2012, this scholarship will be awarded to an incoming or continuing student who has demonstrated financial need. Shared with the Veteran and Military Center, this scholarship is awarded by the Office of Disability Services every other year.
  • Jeffrey Vernooy Scholarship: This scholarship was created in 2014 in honor of Jeffrey Vernooy, the third director of Disability Services. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor students who have demonstrated tremendous efforts towards increased independence and self-improvement.
  • Leber Family Fund: Established by Eugene A. and Connie J. Leber in 2014, this scholarship supports students registered with the Office of Disability Services who are planning to study abroad. Preference will be given to students who are at a minimum of junior status.
  • Lee R. and Mary Menke Memorial Scholarship: The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who is paraplegic or quadriplegic.
  • M. Patrick Daniels Scholarship: Established in 2016 in honor of M. Patrick Daniels, a 2000 graduate of Wright State who passed away in 2009. This scholarship will be awarded to students with financial need, preference for students with Muscular Dystrophy and residents of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
  • Michael Emrick Scholarship: Created by the Dayton Foundation in 1989, this scholarship is awarded to students with financial need on the basis of their university involvement and leadership and participation in adapted recreation.
  • Ohio Lions Helen Keller Scholarship: Established by the Ohio Lions Foundation in 1994, this scholarship will be awarded to an incoming or continuing, part-time or full-time, undergraduate or graduate student who is visually impaired with demonstrated academic ability and financial need. Ohio residents will be given first preference.
  • Robert Milling Sr. Scholarship: Established in 2016 by Katherine L. Myers in honor of aeronautical engineer Robert Milling, Sr., this scholarship supports engineering students who are registered with the Office of Disability Services. Preference will be given to graduate students.
  • Samantha Laux Scholarship: Created by the family and friends of Samantha Laux in 2012, this scholarship supports continuing students registered with the Office of Disability Services with financial need who have any combination of visual impairments, hearing impairments, quadriplegia, or paraplegia.
  • Spirit of 1970 Scholarship: The Office of Disability Services, known then as Handicapped Student Services, was founded in 1970, seven years before required by law. This award is given annually to students who best embody the spirit and legacy of over 50 years of disability access at Wright State University.
  • Thomas C. Faye Program Fund: Established in 2005 in memory of 1983 graduate Thomas Faye, this scholarship supports students registered with the Office of Disability Services.