Now accepting applications! The Arc of Texas is pleased to announce the availability of the Don Miller Memorial Scholarship for eligible students who will be enrolling in a college or university in Texas for the 2017-2018 fall and spring semesters. Specific details about the scholarship are as follows:

  • Offered to full-time students in need of financial assistance who have chosen a degree plan that will result in a professional career in the field of intellectual and developmental disability services.
  • Limited to $2,000 annually and is paid in equal semester installments.
  • Available only to junior and senior students.
  • The deadline for application submission is Friday, September 1, 2017.
  • The Arc of Texas awards only one (1) scholarship per year.

The recipient is chosen by a Scholarship Selection Team comprised of senior staff from The Arc of Texas. All decisions of the Scholarship Selection Team are final.

Who was Don Miller?

From 1967-74 Don Miller was an active youth volunteer leader in the San Angelo and Texas Teens Aid for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities program sponsored by The Arc of Texas. He was instrumental in the planning and implementation of local and state-level recreational, athletic and social services and supports for people with intellectual disabilities. Don became a great example of volunteerism in action. Following his death in 1974, the Don Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor his memory.

Last Year’s Recipient

Congratulations to Ms. Corinne Stratton!

The Arc of Texas is very pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016-2017 Don Miller Memorial Scholarship, Ms. Corinne Stratton!

Ms. Stratton is currently working on her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in Business and Leadership Studies. Growing up with a sister with a developmental disability, she has always treasured how people with special needs inspire others to think, love, and live differently. Volunteering with communities of people with disabilities and observing her family’s need for legal guidance has given her the opportunity to witness endless prospects to advocate for and protect the rights and opportunities of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We are thrilled to award this scholarship to Ms. Stratton and are encouraged and inspired by her passion. If you have any questions about the Don Miller Memorial Scholarship or Ms. Stratton, please let us know.

2015-2016 Recipient

Congratulations to Ms. Melanie Bilancich!

We are very pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015-2016 Don Miller Memorial Scholarship, Ms. Melanie Bilancich!

Ms. Bilancich is currently working on her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Texas A&M University and intends to pursue a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on higher education upon her graduation from Texas A&M in December of 2016. Living her entire life with a learning disability, she has experienced first-hand the issues that thousands of students with disabilities experience daily in our schools. She intends to dedicate her career to standing up for students’ rights, stating that “[she] never wants another student to be left behind, pushed aside, or told they can’t do something just because they learn differently.”

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