Giving to Scholars

Giving Empowers Students

Emma Miller, 2020

SDAP aims to prepare college-aged students with intellectual disabilities for personal growth and occupational success. The goal upon completion of the two-year program is that students obtain competitive, integrated employment and live independent, fulfilling lives. 


Your donation can empower our Scholars with Diverse Abilities, funding the program so that scholars can have the tools, resources, and personal support they need to transition into their self-directed futures. 


The Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program received a five-year grant from the Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID) program on October 1st of 2015, totaling approximately $1.114 million. This grant has enabled universities and colleges to provide educational services for students with intellectual disabilities. By receiving the TPSID grant, the SDAP program has helped students reach their goals of living independent and successful lives. This award has represented 75 percent of the program’s cost. A university match, totaling $371,578, or 25 percent of program costs, has also supported SDAP faculty, staff and degree-seeking students who benefit from and contribute to the program and its scholars.


Your gift contributes directly to our program mission and outcomes...

 SDAP is completely inclusive, person-centered, and mutually beneficial

  • All students benefit from an inclusive campus community. 
  • Diverse learners create engaged and meaningful learning experience for all those involved with the program, aligning with the university's mission and vision.

Your gift empowers scholars by... 

  • Ensuring that scholarship funding opportunities are available to help scholars with the expenses that come with their college experience. 
  • Supplying funds that are greatly needed to ensure that scholars have access to personal supports who work with students on developing life, academic, and career skills as they transition to a more sustainable self-directed adulthood. 
  • Enabling the creation of resources for a neurodiverse population that benefit the program, campus, and community. 

If you would like to help with supporting the program, you can donate to the foundation fund that helps with scholarships, SDAP-specific services, and activities for students! Give online by clicking here, or contact Gina Harwood, Director of Development for the Reich College of Education, at 828-262-6563.