Dr. Lynnette Robinson was an accomplished and inspirational educator of 25 years before her passing in 1998. She served as a special education teacher and elementary principal before culminating her career as the Director of Special Education for the Encinitas Union School District. Lynnette was instrumental in developing curriculum, social/behavioral programs and inclusive practices that have been implemented throughout California. In particular, Lynnette was a pioneer in the belief that students with and without special needs benefit from being educated together. She was a true advocate for all students, families and educators.
Candidates applying for this scholarship will be able to 1) describe activities which demonstrate their support and commitment to the inclusion of students with special needs in educational and/or social settings and 2) express intention of pursuing a career in special education. For the school year 2019-2020 the amount of the scholarship will be $1,500 per year and will be awarded for 4 consecutive years provided that recipients meet required criteria therein. A total of two scholarships will be awarded.
- Student must be a graduating high school senior.
- Student must have demonstrated leadership qualities that support inclusion opportunities for students with disabilities.
- Student must express the desire to pursue a career in the field of special education.
All application requirements, as specified in the application packet, are to be completed by the student and include:
- Background information form
- Written, audio or video recorded statement describing how they have supported inclusive practices on their high school campus.
- Written, audio or video recorded statement describing something unique and distinct about the student.
- Authorization form to use likeness/photograph and materials and release of information.
- Three letters of recommendation. Must include a special education teacher, general education teacher or administrator and one other of student choice. Letters must be written on school letterhead using nomination guidelines.
- Official transcripts that include overall/cumulative GPA.
- A committee will review the applications, conduct interviews, and determine the award recipients.
- Awards will be made to those who have best demonstrated that they are a leader in inclusive practices and have the highest levels of commitment to the planning of their future in the field of special education as communicated in the personal statement, academic achievement, and letters of recommendation.
The Award Process
- The selection committee will review applications and conduct interviews in April.
- Award recipients will be announced in May. Recipients’ schools will be notified for student recognition at award ceremonies.
- Award recipients are required to provide proof of enrollment for fall in a minimum of 9 units (or comparable instructional hours) and a contact name and mailing information for the school’s financial aid/business office in order to insure proper payment to the student’s account at the school.
- Upon receipt of required materials, the award will be paid directly to the student’s account at the school of attendance.
- For continuing years, enrollment must be consecutive and the recipient is required to submit proof of enrollment for the Fall semester, an overall GPA of 2.0, and a minimum of 18 units completed during the previous Fall and Spring semesters.
- The applicant is responsible for notifying NCCSE of any change of address.
The deadline to submit the application for the Lynette Robinson Scholarship has been extended to March 29, 2019. All original application information must be received at NCCSE by that date.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the Committee. To check on the status of your application, call Fabiola Vasquez at 760.761.5119 or send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org