Each year, NYSARC awards scholarships to college students pursing degrees in special education, physical or occupational therapy or a field related to intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
Joseph T. Weingold Scholarship
Awarded to students enrolled full-time in an education degree program leading to special education certification at a New York college or university. Two $3,000 awards are presented annually in $750 installments.
Nominations are made through the special education division of the college’s education department. All nomination forms must be signed by the department chair.
Joseph T. Weingold was the prime architect, first president and first executive director of NYSARC. For 30 years, Weingold pioneered policy in New York to significantly shape national policy on developmental disabilities. Weingold advanced the concept that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities should have a legal status distinct from other disabilities. He originated the concept of a separate state agency responsible for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He was one of the primary founders of The Arc of the United States.
James F. Reville Scholarship
Awarded to students enrolled full-time at a New York institution in a field related to intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
Two $3,000 awards are presented annually in $750 installments. The successful nominees will:
- Serve individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
- Submit letters of recommendation from the president of the chapter’s board of directors and from programs where they worked or volunteered.
James F. Reville dedicated much of his life to bettering the lives of people with developmental disabilities. He was president of the Welfare League Chapter from 1963 to 1964 and of NYSARC from 1965 to 1969. He was a member of the organization’s board of directors for several years and served as the chairman of the ways and means committee for the National Association for Retarded Children in 1970. Gov. Nelson Rockefeller appointed Reville to the Advisory Council on Mental Retardation Facilities and to the Developmental Disabilities Council.
Arthur W. Pense Scholarship
Awarded to students enrolled in a degree program in physical or occupational therapy at New York college or university. One $3,000 award is presented annually in $1,000 installments. Nominations are made through the chair of the college’s physical or occupational therapy departments. Each department may nominate one person.
Dr. Arthur W. Pense was assistant commissioner of mental hygiene from 1944 to 1961, coordinating the state’s programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Under Pense’s leadership, local services for people with developmental disabilities were developed using community mental-health programs.
Jonathan Weingold Scholarship
Awarded to full-time employees of NYSARC chapters who wish to further their education. Four $3,000 awards are presented annually – one for each NYSARC region, distributed in $750 installments.
The nominee must:
- Be employed full-time by a NYSARC chapter.
- Submit a letter of recommendation signed by the president of the chapter’s board of directors must be included with the application.
Each chapter may submit one application.
The award honors Jonathan Weingold, son of Joseph T. Weingold. Jonathan was a symbol of the people NYSARC supports. In 1970, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Nassau County chapter, Executive Director Helen Kaplan honored Jonathan, saying he was “the symbol of all the young people who inspired the establishment of this organization and its services and programs.”
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