The Toni Jo Mason Scholarship Fund, funded by the Toni Jo Mason Private Foundation, is a competitively awarded program which is available to eligible freshman, current Edinboro undergraduate students, or transfer students. It awards an academic scholarship of $2,000 per year contingent upon the student maintaining the minimum 2.5 GPA requirement before the start of each academic semester. This scholarship is renewable in the second year if the recipient successfully meets all eligibility criteria.
Established in 2017, the Dr. Toni Jo Mason Scholarship Fund Program is designed to serve as a lasting tribute to the vision, mission, life work, and example of Dr. Toni Jo Mason to overcome obstacles and the struggle experienced by people with disabilities. Dr. Mason was diagnosed with cerebral palsy soon after birth. Her parents, both educators, created an encouraging environment that enabled and supported her belief that she could and would accomplish anything other children could do with time and determination. Dr. Mason’s life and career was a commitment to ensure that all people with disabilities were recognized by their abilities, provided encouragement, equal opportunities, and support to dream, learn, and achieve their fullest potential.
As an educator and humanitarian, Dr. Mason helped pave the way for all children with disabilities nationally. She contributed to the development of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and served as a federal child compliance officer for the United States Department of Education. She also developed and implemented the self-study and transition plans for Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973. As a federal child compliance officer, Dr. Mason traveled nationally and to ensure the intent and spirit of the law was implemented and upheld.
The "spirit" of the scholarship program is to support the recipient as well as raise awareness of the importance of building support networks and success opportunities for all students to dream, reach for success with “stick-to-it-ness” and never ever give up hope to reach their full potential.
In order to demonstrate financial need, all applicants must have completed a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA form, and have it mailed to the appropriate address as indicated on the FAFSA form.
Provide a current transcript that documents a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all credits. High school students who are applying for the first year of college should submit a current high school transcript.
Students must have a physical disability registered with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) at Edinboro University. The disability must be in one or more of the following classifications: hearing impairment, physical impairment; or visual impairment. Students may contact the OAS office for clarification as to what is required.
A completed Toni Jo Mason Scholarship Fund Application Form; the form is available from the Financial Aid office and the OAS Office.
Documentation of an eligible physical disability.
A narrative about your disability, its impact on your progress and success in High School.
Continue to have financial need and adhere to minimum enrollment, progress, and grade point average (2.5) requirements of the program, plus:
The application should be sent to the contact person listed at the end of the form. Applications, disability documentation, personal statements, letters of recommendation, and a transcript must be received by the OAS no later than September 15.