The Johnson Scholarship can offer significant financial assistance to qualified individuals. Below you will find a list of specific requirements for applying to this program, as well as the application packet. The packet requires a FAFSA form. While the FAFSA forms are due April 15 on the government’s website, all other materials must be submitted by April 1 to the Office of Disability Services.
Minimum requirements for applicants
- Be a Florida resident for tuition purposes, based on Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes. (Students who receive the out-of-state fee waiver are not eligible as they are not residents for tuition purposes).
- Be seeking their first baccalaureate degree.
- Complete a Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarship Application.
- Meet academic requirements.
- Provide documentation of the nature and/or extent of a disability.
- Submit an application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA form by the required deadline and be determined to have unmet fiscal need. Students may submit a FAFSA.
If selected, recipients must:
- Complete and return an acceptance form or contact the Financial Aid Office by the date specified on your notification letter. Failure to return the acceptance form by the specified date will result in forfeiture of the award.
- First-time recipients must participate in a Johnson Scholarship orientation.
- Complete a minimum of nine credit hours each semester.
- Adhere to the minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average requirement of this program.
Initial applicants must provide an official current university transcript (not a photocopy) that shows a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all credits. High school students applying for the scholarship in the first year of college should submit a current high school transcript.
Applicants must provide documentation of the nature and/or extent of a disability. The disability must be in one or more of the following classifications: Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Blind or Low Vision; Deaf/Hard of Hearing; Orthopedic Disability; Psychological, Emotional, or Behavioral Disability; Speech/Language Disability; Specific Learning Disability; Traumatic Brain Injury; and/or Other Health Disabilities.
Appropriate documentation includes, but is not limited to, either a recent psychological evaluation used to determine eligibility for exceptional student services, school/medical records, certification by the Division of Blind Services, or a Vocational Rehabilitation eligibility determination.
The following must be submitted to Florida Polytechnic University
- A completed Johnson Scholarship Application Form by the deadline.
- A current official transcript (students applying as a first-semester freshman should provide their high school transcript) showing a 2.0 grade point average.
- Documentation of disability(ies)
- A personal statement (no more than one double-spaced page) about your achievements, activities, career goals and the effects of your disability(ies)
- Three letters of reference addressing your academic success and potential
- University access to the FAFSA evaluation by Federal Student Aid.
If you already receive a Johnson Scholarship, you must still apply for renewal consideration for each academic year in which you desire the award. Johnson Scholarship recipients may qualify for the award for up to 12 semesters of undergraduate study.
To qualify for consideration of renewal of the scholarship, applicants must:
- Continue to have unmet financial need based upon FAFSA
- Have completed at least nine semester hours a semester, for a total of 18 semester hours
- Have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0
- Submit a completed Johnson Scholarship Application form by the deadline (May 1) to the Office of Disability Services.