Scholarship Opportunities

Through the generous gifts of various donors, the Disability Resource Center administers multiple scholarships for students with disabilities at FIU. The DRC supports over 30 students each year, with annual scholarships of $70,000 on behalf of donors.

Dr. Fareed Haj Scholarship Endowment

Dr. Fareed Haj was a selfless example of service to his family and the community. Dr. Haj contracted trachoma as a small child in Palestine, which caused permanent blindness. After receiving a scholarship to study in New York, he dedicated his life to the education of students with disabilities. This scholarship aims to honor Dr. Haj's commitment and to help FIU's blind and visually-impaired students realize their educational goals.

The Dr. Fareed Haj Scholarship Endowment supports scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in or accepted for admission to FIU who are blind or visually impaired. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic achievement and civic engagement.

Financial need is also considered. You may refer to the scholarship eligibility requirements below:

  1. Student must be enrolled or accepted for admission to FIU.
  2. Recipients must be blind or visually impaired.
  3. Scholarship recipient must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
  4. Recipient must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7.

Please contact Yesenis Garcia at with any questions.

Application is now open!!!

If you meet the above requirements, please complete the application and submit to DRC Scholarship Coordinator, Yesenis Garcia, by August 3, 2018. Applications may submitted via email at or in person to our DRC front desk team.

Johnson Scholarship Foundation

The Johnson Scholarship Foundation is a private foundation whose mission is to assist disadvantaged people to obtain an education. The foundation believes that education can empower individuals to improve their quality of life. The Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship is a State of Florida University System program, which is competitively awarded and available to undergraduate students with disabilities, enrolled at FIU.

You may complete an application for the upcoming 2019/2020 academic year (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020) by the upcoming deadline of April 1st, 2019. 

Please contact Yesenis Garcia at with any questions.

Click here to submit a virtual application.

Application is now available.

Accessing the World Scholarship

FIU students with disabilities are committed to engaging in our Worlds Ahead community and global learning opportunities. This is a scholarship for students with disabilities who would otherwise not have the funds to travel for study abroad, internships and alternative breaks.

Applications will become available every Spring semester.

Contact Yesenis Garcia at for an application.


Student who is blind on mission to serve, inspire others to have heart

When international relations major Dorysped Mancebo was 8 years old, she decided she would attend FIU.


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