Haverhill Commission on Disability Issues Extends Deadline for $2,000 Scholarship

Frances Hogan, left, during an appearance with Joyce Thibodeau and Tim Coco, during the WHAV's Open Mic Show in 2017. (File Photograph.)

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Even though high school diplomas have been handed out for this year, there is still a college scholarship left for a student with a disability.

Haverhill Commission on Disability Issues Chairwoman Frances E. Hogan, a guest on WHAV’s morning program Thursday, says the application deadline has been extended.

“It’s really important when a student heads off to college that they have enough money to buy their books, and to get all the extra things purchased they need for their education. And we’re pleased to be able to offer this scholarship. It’s for $2,000 and it’s for any student who is going on to further their education, whether it’s technical school or a regular college,” she says.

Hogan says the scholarship is for a student from Haverhill, whether they graduated from Haverhill High School or Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High school.

“And, this is for any student who has a developmental, intellectual or medical disability. We have found in the past that sometimes students don’t think they are going to be able to get one because they are not the triple-A student. There are a lot of scholarships that are given out just for the grade point average, and our scholarship is not given out that way. We look at the overall background of the student, and what their goals are, and we want to be able to assist those students,” she explains.

Hogan says a previous scholarship winner is now studying to be a special education teacher. This years’ scholarship application deadline has been extended to July 1, due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. Students looking to apply should contact their school guidance counselor.

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