AAHD Scholarship Program

The AAHD Scholarship Committee and AAHD Board of Directors are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-14 AAHD Scholarship Program

On behalf of the board and staff of AAHD, we congratulate the winners and wish them the best of luck in their studies. The 2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients are:

  • YuJu Chen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Lauren Presutti, Central Michigan University

There were over 200 applicants for the scholarships this year, reflecting many fine candidates. AAHD would like to thank the applicants who submitted their applications to the AAHDScholarship Program. We encourage those that were not selected to apply again and wish all of them the best of luck in their studies.

AAHD FREDERICK J. KRAUSE SCHOLARSHIP ON HEALTH AND DISABILITY (2014-2015)

The mission of the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is to contribute to national, state, and local efforts to promote health and wellness in people with disabilities and identify effective intervention strategies that reduce health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population. AAHD accomplishes its mission through research, education and advocacy at the national, state and community level.

The long and distinguished career in disability advocacy and service of Frederick J. Krause  began in 1954 when he served as a special education teacher for the Illinois Department of Education. He created a model educational and training curriculum for school aged children with severe intellectual disabilities which became a model for the Nation. Following that, Fred became a Supervising Therapist at the Illinois State School for the Mentally Retarded from 1955-56.  Recognizing his leadership abilities, he was promoted to become the Rehabilitation Director of the Illinois Department of Health from 1956-61. From 1961-1969, Fred became the Executive Director of the California Council for Retarded Children, Inc., working to improve the lives of all Californians with intellectual disorders through coordinating the Council’s goals and concerns with the State Government Departments of Rehabilitation, Mental Hygiene, Social Welfare and Youth Authority, and Employment.

In recognition of his leadership and administrative skills, Fred was appointed Executive Director of the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation and served with great distinction from 1969 – 1983. Among his many contributions as Executive Director, Fred is distinguished as advocating for improving the health and quality of life of individuals with intellectual disabilities through health promotion and disease prevention programs.  From 1983 until 1987, Fred held leadership positions in the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped (1983-1985), Inspire ’85, Federal Interagency Task Force on Disabled Persons (1985-1986), and the Office of Policy and Legislation, OHDS, Department of Health and Human Services (1986-1987).

In 1987, he joined the professional staff as Director of Health and Rehabilitation Affairs, National Association of Partners of the Americas, becoming Director of Rehabilitation Programs from 1990 to 1994.  In 1989, he and Dr. Michael Marge founded the American Association on Health and Disability and incorporated the organization as a non-profit dedicated to research, service and advocacy for better health and quality of life for all individuals with disabilities.

Fred became the Chief Operating Officer of the National Head Injury Foundation (later called the Brain Injury Association) in 1994 and served as its Acting President and Chief Executive Officer from 1999- 2000. In 2000, Fred created a nonprofit agency to provide funds and grants to professionals and volunteers to travel and conduct studies for the advancement of the field of developmental disabilities.  Even at his community level, Fred continued to make significant contributions to improve the health and quality of life for persons with intellectual disorders.  According to the President of the Adams County, PA, The Arc, Fred was an “answer to a prayer.”  For a number of years, The Arc had not been very active and children and adults with intellectual disorders in Adams County were not receiving a number of needed services.  But he volunteered to work closely with The Arc and reactivate it outreach programs and services to the community during a period of eight years. His awards and honors in recognition of his years of distinctive service and contributions are numerous. His lifetime of dedication to all people with disabilities at the national, state and local level is extraordinary and worthy of recognition by this Scholarship in his Honor!

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CRITERIA: The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving  student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a Junior in college) in an accredited university who is pursuing studies related to the health and disability, to include, but not limited to  public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities.

  • Applicant must have a disability;
  • Applicant must be enrolled  FULL TIME as an undergraduate student or enrolled PART TIME or FULL TIME in a graduate school;
  • Preference is given to students majoring in a field related to disability and health (see Scholarship  Program Criteria above);
  • Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US and enrolled in an accredited United States university.
  • Funds are limited to under $1,000

FUNDING INFORMATION & APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:  Funds are limited to under $1,000. The AAHD Board of Directors Scholarship Committee will evaluate each of the applicants and make a decision in December of each calendar year.  The 2014-2015 Scholarship Award will be awarded January 2015.  It is the discretion of the Scholarship Committee to determine how many scholarships will be awarded each year and the amount of each scholarship.  Applications are due November 15, 2014.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicant must provide a Personal Statement (maximum 3 pages, double spaced), including brief personal history, educational/career goals, extra-curricular activities, and reasons why they should be selected by the AAHD Scholarship Committee. This statement must be written solely by the applicant
  • Applicant must provide two (2) Letters of Recommendation (One must be from a teacher or academic advisor). Letters may be sent by U. S. mail or by email attachment as pdf and should include the signature of the teacher or advisor, and the name of student should appear in the subject line of the email.
  • Applicant must provide an official copy of college transcript, which should be mailed to AAHD in a sealed envelope.
  • Applicant must agree to allow AAHD to use their name, picture and/or story in future scholarship materials.

APPLICATION FORM:  PDF
Please attach your application, supporting materials, etc. and email to: scholarship@aahd.us. Place “2014-15 Scholarship” in subject line. (Please use MS Word for your personal statement and MS Word, if at all possible, and/or PDF for all other documents that are emailed as attachments).  If this is not possible, please mail documents to:

Scholarship Committee
American Association on Health and Disability
110 N. Washington Street, Suite 328-J
Rockville, MD 20850

Only completed applications will be considered and must be postmarked and/or received by email no later than November 15, 2014.