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Center for Student Accessibility now offering scholarships

Palm Beach State College’s Center for Student Accessibility, which provides accommodations and support to ensure students with disabilities receive equal access to education, has added scholarships to its list of services.

The CSA recently awarded its first round of scholarships totaling $10,000 to 17 students for the summer term. Applications are now being accepted for the fall term.

“Students who attend community college have a whole lot more barriers. Students with disabilities have those same issues, but it’s even more pronounced when they have barriers in addition to having a disability,’’ said Nikki Champagnie, student development director. “Our goal is to remove as many barriers as possible for them to maintain connection with the College.”

The Center for Student Accessibility Scholarship is open to individuals registered with the center. To qualify, the students must be enrolled in six credit hours or clock hour equivalent, and they must have a minimum 2.7 grade point average, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit an essay about how their disability impacted their education.

This is the latest of several initiatives underway to better serve students registered with the CSA, formerly known as Disability Support Services. The CSA, which has offices and staff at each campus also has enhanced technology to help students in their classes. One example is Otter.Al, a transcription application that is used for students who have note taking as an accommodation. The application helps students get their notes faster and increases their independence.

For more information about the Center for Student Accessibility, visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/csa.

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