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Scholarships and Awards

Scholarship Process

At the start of each fall semester, a call for scholarships goes out to those who are registered with SAAS and encourages students to apply. Students who are eligible to apply for scholarships through SAAS must submit their application by the deadline each fall semester, which is in the middle of September. After submitting, the scholarship committee, made up of various campus and community stakeholders with an interest in and advocacy for students with disabilities, meets to discuss the applications and choose the scholarship winners. After winners are chosen, applicants are notified in late September if they were awarded a SAAS Scholarship. If chosen, scholarships are awarded to students at the annual SAAS Scholarship Night, held in late October of each year.

  • Will to Succeed Scholarship

    All applicants for the Will To Succeed Scholarship must:

    • Be currently eligible for services through Student Access and Accommodation Services
    • Be an undergraduate student enrolled in good standing at Illinois State University
    • Possess a minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
    • Be willing to serve as a spokesperson for Student Access and Accommodation Services
  • Dr. Judy Smithson Scholarship

    All applicants for the Dr. Judy Smithson Graduate Scholarship must:

    • Be a graduate student in good standing and have at least a 3.2 of 4.0 GPA
    • Be pursuing a degree program, certification program, or job enhancement through graduate classes
    • Be disabled as defined by the Americans with Disability Act
    • Be willing to serve as a spokesperson for Student Access and Accommodation Services

    Preference will be given to students with an undergraduate degree from Illinois State University.

Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our scholarship winners!

Scholarship winners with their certificates.

Dr. Judy Smithson Scholarship

  • Carol Kiam Assato

    Biological Sciences
  • Dustin Elliott

    Art MFA

Will to Succeed Scholarship

  • Farrah Green

    Special Education
  • Carissa Simon

    Health Information and Management
  • Anna Smith

    Social Work
  • Matteo Valencia

    Criminal Justice Sciences
  • LT Hodges

    Special Education

Advocacy Award Recipients

The Illinois State community strives for inclusion and creating a welcoming environment for all students. To honor these individuals, Student Access and Accommodation Services (SAAS) acknowledges and celebrates those who have made a difference in the lives of students.

Award recipients are presented with a plaque at our annual award ceremony. The award categories are as follows:

  • Outstanding Volunteer (Notetaker)
  • Outstanding Faculty (Instructor or Professor)
  • Outstanding Staff

Nominate an Advocate

Advocacy award winners with their awards.
  • Dr. Daniel Breyer

  • Dr Allison Antink Meyer

  • Molly Turner

  • Dustin Elliot

  • Michele Schuline

  • Abby Weber