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Multiple Scholarships Available
to SSD Students

Deadlines Quickly Approaching

With the school year approaching the halfway point, many students are already making plans for when the school year wraps up. Summer jobs, time with friends and trips to the park are popular choices.

Many graduating seniors, however, are preparing now for post-secondary education. And it’s no secret that the cost of schooling is rising every year.

To help SSD students offset the costs of college and camp tuitions, SSD and other organizations, including the Special Education Foundation (SEF) and the Bonhomme Lions, provide opportunities to apply for scholarships, camperships and other awards.

“The impact of scholarships on the students and their families is significant,” said SEF Executive Director Diane Buhr. “It gives a student a great sense of accomplishment to be selected as a scholarship recipient, it aids in self-esteem and provides a very good financial start for the first year of college.”

Each reward is unique, and has its own history and special requirements.

Scholarships and camperships will be awarded at the Commitment to Kids Awards Banquet on April 26, 2012.

SSD Board of Education Scholarship
Established in 2008, the SSD Board of Education honors graduating SSD students who show strong leadership skills as well as a dedication to volunteerism and community involvement. For the 2011-2012 school year, the SSD Board will reward two students who demonstrate these skills and who plan to attend college or post-secondary institutions. Download the application form (PDF). Deadline is Feb. 17, 2012.

Bonhomme Lions Scholarships
The Bonhomme Lions, longtime supporters of education in the St. Louis area, have been providing scholarships to graduating SSD students for many years. Download the application form (PDF). Deadline is Feb. 17, 2012.

Allison M. Haake Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2008, this scholarship was created to honor an aspiring teacher who lost her battle with cancer in 2007. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving SSD student who has an interest in working with children. Download the application form (PDF). Deadline is Feb. 17, 2012.

Special Education Foundation Scholarships
The Special Education Foundation (SEF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of students with disabilities within the St. Louis area. Each year, SEF awards scholarships to college-bound SSD students. Winners for the award are selected based on multiple criteria. Visit for complete details and an application form. Deadline is Feb. 27, 2012.

Laura K. Sherman Laughlin Scholarship
This scholarship honors the memory of Laura K. Sherman Laughlin and pays tribute to her life and to the many lives that she touched. The scholarship is presented to a deserving student who has sustained a brain injury or has a brain-related disability, including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. Visit for complete details and an application form. Deadline is Feb. 27, 2012.

Dianne Arbeiter Scholarships
Given in memory of Dianne Arbeiter, a 25-year SSD employee, these scholarships are awarded to students who are served by the deaf/hard of hearing program of SSD. Visit for complete details and an application form. Deadline is Feb. 10, 2012.

Sammy Goldman “Living Big” Campership
Given annually to a child with special needs, the “Living Big” Campership is given in tribute to the life of Sammy Goldman. Sammy, whose life ended at age five, was remembered for his zest for life and “living big.” Visit for complete details and an application form.

Dianne Arbeiter Camperships
Through the Dianne Arbeiter Fund, selected SSD students who are deaf or hard of hearing are provided tuition to attend summer camps. Campership winners are based on several criteria. Visit for complete details and an application form.

Stages St. Louis Access the Arts Campership
In partnership with Stages St. Louis, this campership offers assistance to students who wish to participate in the performing arts. Access the Arts is specifically designed to make participation in musical theater arts accessible to students with special needs. Visit for complete details and application form.

C.J. Aubuchon Campership
This campership, given in honor of C.J. Aubuchon who lost his battle with cancer, is presented to a student who exemplifies C.J.’s qualities of kindness, caring, humor and courage. Visit for more information.

Special Education Foundation Camperships
The Special Education Foundation’s mission is to assist students with disabilities to achieve success in their endeavors beyond the classroom. One of the ways it carries out this mission is by providing tuition to enable students served by SSD to attend summer camps. Visit for more information.
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