DRD scholarships are made possible by the generosity and patronage of our donors who have lasting ties to our department. Many are able to be present during our Scholarship Reception which is typically held at the end of spring semester. We are truly grateful for their support of our students.
The Scholarship Office will verify student’s financial need for scholarships that have a financial need requirement. In order to qualify, students must complete one of the following three financial aid applications:
- California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver), or
- The California Dream Act Application
For additional information about Financial Aid and links to the applications see the Financial Aid Department website: https://financialaid.santarosa.edu/ or the Dream Center Website: https://dream.santarosa.edu/
Important DRD Scholarship Info for Spring 2023:
The SRJC Foundation and Scholarship Office are now overseeing all scholarships, including those exclusive to DRD:
- There is now just one application to complete for students to apply for all 600+ scholarships, including DRD-exclusive scholarships. All applications will be submitted through SRJC’s Scholarship Office website. The new application can be found online at https://santarosa.awardspring.com.
- The DRD application is open now through Wednesday, March 2nd. All DRD students are encouraged to apply. The application will automatically save your work, so you may start and stop as you need (just be sure to finish and submit it by the deadline, 3/2).
- Applications have a new look. If you have applied for our Scholarships in the past you will notice some changes in the format and questions. HERE is a video to see an overview of the scholarship application.
- Several workshops are scheduled to support students with the scholarship application, as well as other financial aid applications. Click HERE for the workshop schedule.
DRD Scholarship Descriptions
The following scholarships are offered through the Disability Resources Department (DRD) at Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that the various scholarships have different academic and financial need qualifications and that some are limited to students with specific disabilities.
Alves Family Scholarship for Learning Disabilities (1 @ $300)
Recipient must be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or a learning disability and enrolled in nine (9) or more units at SRJC.
Arthur Jaseau Learning Skills Grant (1 @ $350)
Awarded to a student with an acquired brain injury, near completion of their studies at SRJC and ready for work or transfer to continue education/training by December of 2021.
Colleen Handley Memorial Scholarship (1 @ $200)
Recipient must have a physical disability, financial need and plans to transfer to a four-year college/university after graduation. Emphasis is on campus and community service involvement.
Dream Big Scholarships (2 @ $500)
Recipients must have an acquired brain injury or mental health disability and financial need. Must also demonstrate personal motivation and determination toward becoming contributing members of the community through development of academic, vocational, and/or community service skills.
Edith M. Amateau Memorial Scholarship (1 @ $300)
Awarded to a student who is Deaf, has financial need and enrolled in six (6) or more SRJC units.
Elizabeth Carlson Memorial Scholarship (1 @ $525)
Available to a student with any disability, financial need and facing significant life challenges. Successful candidates must demonstrate personal commitment and perseverance in overcoming obstacles to completing his/her educational goals.
Hardester Family Disability Scholarship (1 @ $2000)
This scholarship is awarded to a student with any disability who is transferring in either the Fall (preferred) or Spring semester of the upcoming academic year. A 3.0 Minimum GPA is required. This award may be renewed after transfer through the Rotary Club.
Janakes Family Scholarship (1 @ $500)
Awarded to a student with M. S. or a physical disability who has financial need and enrolled in six (6) or more SRJC units. Must demonstrate motivation and determination towards reaching an academic goal, as well as involvement in community service activities.
Jo Ann Olsen Memorial Scholarship (1 @ $400)
This Scholarship is for a DRD student enrolled in a minimum of three units who has any disability, and who demonstrates compassion and dedication to improving the lives of others through community service.
Julie Stone Memorial Scholarship (2 @ $575)
Available to a student with any disability, financial need and a strong interest in studying Art or Human Services Advocacy. Preference given to a candidate with work or volunteer experience providing advocacy for the elderly or individuals with disabilities.
Kathleen Anne Emery Memorial Scholarship (1 @ $400)
Awarded to a student who is Deaf or hard of hearing, has financial need and demonstrates personal determination and commitment to developing academic, vocational, or community service skills.
Margaret Rainwater Memorial Scholarship (1 @ $300)
Successful candidates have a mental health or visual disability, financial need and demonstrate personal determination and commitment to developing academic, vocational, or community service skills.
Megan E. Smith Scholarship for Students with Disabilities (1 @ $500)
Available to a student with any disability. Must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average and ready for transfer to a four-year college/university by Fall 2020. Recipient required to submit verification of full-time enrollment at a transfer institution prior to receiving scholarship funds.
Milden-Mortensen/Petaluma 7-11 Lions Club Scholarship (2 @ $500)
Awarded to students with a visual impairment and financial need. Must be enrolled in six (6) or more SRJC units.
Rehkop Foundation (1 @ $250)
This award is for a culturally Deaf student who signs fluently and uses ASL interpreters for classes. The student must be enrolled in a minimum of three units. Preference given to a student who actively participates in Deaf community events and demonstrates knowledge of Deaf culture.
Sonoma County Mayors' Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (1 @ $500)
Successful candidates must be enrolled in nine (9) or more units, as well as completing their SRJC education by the end of Spring 2021 and ready to seek employment. Recipients are also expected to attend the Sonoma County Employers Best Practices Awards Breakfast in October 2021.
The Starke Family Scholarship (1 @ $375)
This scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in a minimum of three units who have any disability who are taking classes towards a certificate or degree in Career and Technical Education.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of the North Bay Scholarships (4 @ $500)
Preference given to candidates diagnosed with cerebral palsy or a developmental disability. Must be enrolled in six (6) or more SRJC units. Must demonstrate personal motivation and determination towards becoming contributing members of their community by developing academic, vocational, and/or community service skills. Recipients will provide a recent photograph to UCP of the North Bay in order to be honored in the UCPNBS Newsletter and Website.
Villa Family Scholarship Honoring Laura Aspinall (1 @ $500)
Available to a student with any disability and majoring in the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) cluster.
The Williams Family Scholarships (3 @ $500)
Awarded to students diagnosed with a mental health disability. Successful candidates must demonstrate commitment to their recovery, mental health and wellness. Must be enrolled in six (6) or more SRJC units, have financial need and progressing towards a stated academic or vocational goal.