The application for 2017 is now CLOSED for 2017!!
Our goal for 2017 is to award Ruby’s Rainbow scholarships to individuals with Down Syndrome seeking higher education or post-secondary enrichment classes. Ruby’s Rainbow scholarships are up to $4,000 per awarded individual, subject to available funds for 2017.
The Maudie’s scholarship Award is up to $5,000 and is awarded to one select applicant per year. This individual is co-selected by Maudie’s after reviewing all scholarship applications. We highly encourage you to submit anything that would help give us a clear vision of your personality, strengths, accomplishments and future goals.
Eligibility Requirements for Ruby’s Rainbow Scholarship
- This grant is for individuals with Down syndrome who are 18 years of age or older.
- Desire and intent to enroll or continue enrollment in a class or program that will enhance your life through employment, independent living or life skills, or interests in any other areas.
- Provide copy of High School Diploma or equivalent (certificate of completion) or transcripts if graduating in the spring of this year.
- Individuals who were previously awarded a Ruby’s Rainbow scholarship are not eligible to apply for another scholarship the following year, but may reapply again two years later.
We LOVE getting to know our applicants!! All the documents needed to apply for a Ruby’s Rainbow Scholarship are in the links below. Please be sure to refer to the “Scholarship Checklist/Eligibility Criteria“ form to be sure all of information needed for a complete application is provided to our committee for review. Anything received after the application deadline will not be considered. You can also refer to the “Frequently Asked Questions” link below, but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Liz@rubysrainbow.org for assistance.
Although it is not required, we highly encourage applicants to also send in “Something to Help Us Get to Know You Better” in addition to their completed application. You can always refer to our “Frequently Asked Questions” for ideas… or be creative!! We ask that the applicant fill out the application as independently as possible and to the best of their ability. We love to read their own, individual responses to the questions in the application so we can get a full picture of their accomplishments, goals and personality. A family member, or someone who is helping the applicant with the application process, is then encouraged to add additional information if they feel more is needed for the committee to get a clear vision of their loved one. We also welcome ONE family member or person assisting to submit their own essay about the applicant and their journey (in addition to the applicant essay) if they feel inspired to do so. Please note that these are not requirements, only additional information accepted with the application if needed.
Once the application is completed, it can be sent via email or Dropbox to Liz@rubysrainbow.org (preferred) OR mailed via USPS or any other mail carrier to:
PO BOX 153095
Austin, TX 78715
*Note: if application is sent via mail it must be post-marked on or before the deadline*
All videos and files submitted with the application need to be less than five minutes in length. Please keep into consideration that all items submitted will need to be shared electronically with the committee for review. Items in binders, books, etc. are hard to scan and download, and we want to be sure to be able to share everything that is sent in!!
Click the links below to get started!!
We look forward to hearing from you!! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have!