SC approves postsecondary scholarships for students with intellectual disabilities
The College Transition Connection (CTC) announces that the South Carolina budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 includes funding for needs-based grants to South Carolina resident students with intellectual disabilities. The students must be enrolled at a public institution of higher education in an established college transition program that serves students with intellectual disabilities. The grants have been made possible through funds that had been provided to CTC and are now directed through the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. CTC will work in consultation with the Commission in establishing award guidelines for students in South Carolina’s transition programs.
In making the announcement, Donald Bailey, executive director of CTC, states, “We are proud to announce that the grant funds will be available beginning school year 2013 for eligible students enrolled in established transition programs. South Carolina is a leader in postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities, with outstanding programs at five colleges and universities in the state. This funding will make it more affordable for South Carolina students to attend inclusive college programs and to prepare for gainful employment and independent living.”
The CTC works with select colleges and universities in South Carolina to design, create and fund transition and postsecondary opportunities for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Private donors and the South Carolina General Assembly provided pilot funds to develop inclusive programs at: Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, University of South Carolina, Columbia and Winthrop University. CTC administers the funding and provides ongoing technical assistance as the programs develop. Early research shows that students participating in such programs are more likely to be competitively employed and live more independently.
For more on CTC visit its website at: http://collegetransitionconnection.org/