Texas A&M has taken an unusual approach to its new scholarship fund that allows students to claim scholarships for specific courses.
The Texas A & M College of Medicine is now accepting applications for the Scholarship Fund for Students with Disabilities.
In the new fund, students can claim up to $1,000 in scholarships, or up to the total amount of tuition they paid to attend the university, and up to a maximum of $1.5 million if they graduate.
The new scholarship allows students who have an approved disability or mental health diagnosis to claim up the entire cost of attendance.
“It’s a new avenue that we are exploring to provide access to education for students who might otherwise have been unable to attend a high school or university,” Texas A and M College president Dan Hart said in a statement.
“This is a significant change for the college that provides a unique educational experience for millions of students each year.”
For students who qualify, the fund can provide up to 100% of tuition and room and board, and it can provide financial aid to students who do not have disabilities, Hart added.
The scholarships will be paid out by the university’s Office of Student Financial Assistance.
“We recognize that some individuals with disabilities may not be able to afford college, but we believe this new scholarship program is the best solution for students,” Hart said.
The university said that if a student qualifies, the funds can be used toward tuition, fees, room and Board, books, room, books and supplies, supplies, and supplies.
The scholarship fund is a new program to the Texas A A& M College.
For example, if a person with cerebral palsy qualifies, they can apply to the fund for up to 200% of the total cost of their college education, with an eligibility threshold of $30,000 per year.
Students who have a disability or are in need of medical or mental healthcare may qualify.
The College of Veterinary Medicine is also accepting applications to the scholarship fund for a program that provides scholarships for veterinary students with a disability.
For the program, students with disabilities or a mental health condition may qualify to receive a maximum $50,000 award, Hart said, adding that the school is working with local medical providers to determine which programs qualify for the award.
Texas A.& M has an enrollment of about 1.3 million students, according to the university.
The School of Pharmacy also is accepting applications, and is expected to award scholarships to students with mental health conditions by the end of the year.
The schools dean of students, Michael Saylor, said the school wants to ensure that all students have the opportunity to receive the educational benefits of a college education and that all are included in the decision-making process.
“Our goal is to provide a wide range of opportunities for students to achieve their potential and to support the financial independence they desire,” Saylor said.
For more information on the scholarship, visit Texas AM and the College of Pharmacists website.