We are excited to announce a new partnership between RIT and Microsoft, the Disability Leadership and Scholarship Program. This program aims to recruit 10 students who self-identify as members of the Disabled, Deaf Plus, d/Deaf, or hard of hearing community, and who demonstrate strong leadership skills and commitment to equity and justice for the Disability community. Due to requests for more time, we’re extending the deadline to apply for the scholarship to March 1, 2022. We need your help to make students at Da Vinci Communications HS aware of this opportunity. Students should be a good match for RIT academically and should be particularly invested in disability, equity, and social justice.
Benefits of the Program
- A one-time $10,000 scholarship to be used towards costs of RIT education
- Pre-orientation resource education ensuring students know their rights, resources, and supports on the RIT campus
- A dedicated RIT faculty/staff mentor and established peer community
- Ongoing professional and leadership development opportunities
Who is Eligible?
Current high school seniors who are applying to RIT for Fall 2022 and self-identify as Disabled, Deaf Plus, d/Deaf, or hard of hearing are eligible to apply. We understand disability as broad and as manifesting in a multitude of ways, whether lifelong or acquired, hidden or readily apparent. Those who identify with physical disability, learning disability, mental health disability, chronic illness, Deaf/Disabled identity, and more are within the scope of this initiative. Of particular importance to us is a student’s understanding of Disability as an identity and not a deficit.
self-nomination form with any current high school senior that you think would be a good candidate for this new scholarship and leadership opportunity. Nominations should come directly from the interested student and are due by March 1, 2022.Please share this