We are now accepting scholarship applications for 2019-2020.  Apply HERE.

The Arc of Texas’ Don Miller Memorial Scholarship is an opportunity for eligible students who will be enrolling in a college or university in Texas. 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 $2,572.66 and will be paid in one installment.
  • Available only to junior and senior students.
  • The 2019-2020 application deadline is September 1, 2019.
  • 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. Sierra Belmares!

The Arc of Texas is thrilled to award the 2018-2019 Don Miller Scholarship to Ms. Sierra Belmares!

Sierra is dedicated to serving students with disabilities through Music Therapy. Sierra is a Senior at the University of Incarnate Word where she serves as President of the UIW Music Therapy Student Association, and has been an employee of Morgan’s Wonderland for several years.  Pursuing her goal of beginning her very own private practice she would love to create a center that offers Music Therapy specifically to people with IDD.  Sierra believes in equality, inclusion, and the wellness in those in need.

We are honored to award Ms. Belmares with this scholarship, and look forward to seeing what she will accomplish through Musical Therapy in Texas.

2017 – 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Ms. Skylar Grace Plummer!

The Arc of Texas is thrilled to award the 2017-2018 Don Miller Scholarship to Ms. Skylar Grace Plummer!

Skylar is a first generation college student at Texas Woman’s University. Dedicated to serving students with disabilities, she is working to become a Registered Behavioral Therapist and special education teacher, with the goal to eventually work in Administration. Skylar plans to work closely with special needs students, learning their needs and where the education system can better provide the resources and opportunities they need. She hopes to make an impact by helping students realize their full potential as talented and unique individuals. Described by her professors as “an actively engaged self-starter” Ms. Plummer is a shining example of an advocate driven to create positive change for all Texas students with disabilities.

We are honored to award Ms. Plummer with this scholarship, and look forward to seeing what she will accomplish for special education in Texas.

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