Matthew Goldstein Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities
Every year, some 800 of CUNY's 9,000 students with disabilities cannot attend school full time because of their disabilities and they require more financial aid to complete their degrees.
The Matthew Goldstein Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities provides crucial financial support to them. Established by CUNY's Board of Trustees in June 2013, the scholarship is named for CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, who stepped down in June 2013. During his 14 years of service to the University, he was a devotee of access and opportunity for CUNY's students with disabilities.
Goldstein established CUNY's Annual Disability Awareness Month, a celebration of the contributions that people with disabilities make to University life. He also supported CUNY LEADS, a career-readiness program that places CUNY students with disabilities in jobs.
By providing tuition waivers, the Matthew Goldstein Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities addresses a gap in the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Even with Americans with Disabilities Act/TAP rate-of-progress considerations, students with disabilities often run out of TAP, which is limited to eight semesters for full-time students, long before they complete their degrees. This scholarship offers one year of additional aid.
How to Apply
The CUNY Matthew Goldstein Scholarship Program is now available, and seeks to support the persistence and graduation of CUNY students who must take reduced course loads as reasonable accommodations for their disabilities.
Applications are due to campus offices of disability resources and services by June 25, 2014. Read more (pdf)
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