Dorothy Dykema Endowed Scholarship | Scholarships | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Education and Human Services

Dorothy Dykema Endowed Scholarship

TIME: To be announced at the College of Education and Human Services Honors Day and to be awarded at the Guy A. Renzaglia Lecture and Rehabilitation Institute Awards Ceremony.

PURPOSE: To recognize and support an outstanding graduate student with motivation and concern to work for improvements in services for persons with disabilities.


  • The applicant must submit an essay, not exceeding 1000 words, addressing his/her goals on improvements in services for disabled persons.  An interview may be required.
  • Preference shall be given to a student who:
    • Has a physical disability.  Preference will be given to a person with a visual disability.
    • Is in a Masters or Doctoral program in the field of Rehabilitation, Psychology or Social Work.
  • Financial need of the student will be considered but will not be the single-most important factor.


  • By a friend.
  • By a University faculty or staff member.
  • Self-nomination.


  • Letter of application.
  • Essay (not to exceed 1,000 words) on goals for improvement in services for disabled persons.
  • Any other supporting document, e.g., letters of support, vita, etc.

SUBMISSION: Nominations to be considered must be delivered to the Director of Rehabilitation Institute.