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Scholarship & Professional Development

The Teresa Haven Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

Application Form

Dr. Teresa Lynn Wells Haven’s professional career in disability services included work at the University of Arkansas, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. In each position, Teresa repeatedly demonstrated her strong knowledge of accessibility in the technology environment as she continually worked towards creating a more accessible digital world. Her involvement in ATHEN is only one example of Teresa’s commitment for equity and inclusivity. In November 2016, ATHEN members unanimously voted to create this scholarship opportunity in Teresa Haven’s honor.

The application deadline is March 31, 2024.

Application Documents

Please use the following document as a template to complete the required information. Submissions for the application are completed via an online survey tool. Submission information is included in the application form and described under Application Submission.

Eligibility and award information

  • Enrollment in a post-secondary institution in the United States during the award period or evidence of acceptance to a postsecondary institution in the United States immediately following the award period (i.e. award granted in May, student must be accepted to a postsecondary institution for Fall semester of that same year.)
  • Must be a student with a disability
  • Registration for a minimum of six (6) credit hours per quarter/semester
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale)

Criteria for Award

The Selection Committee will make award decisions based on the following selection criteria:

  • Disability-related leadership and service
  • Academic achievement
  • Well-articulated goals
  • Two letters of support

Selection Committee

Applications will be considered by a committee made up of ATHEN members. The top three applicants will be interviewed by the committee and one winner will be selected.


The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all items are submitted to ATHEN via our online form and email before March 31, 2024. Application should include the following:

  • Completed application
  • Transcripts of all postsecondary grades (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Two letters of support. Letters of support are to be sent by references.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Award Amount

The scholarship award amount is for $1,000.00 and will be payable via check to the award recipient.

Application Submission

Applications should be completed via the online questionaire. Supporting letters should be emailed to:


Scholarship applicants will be notified of their award status during the month of May.


Questions can be directed to:

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2024.

Ron Stewart Memorial Professional Development Scholarship

In honor of one of the founding members of ATHEN, the ATHEN Executive Council is happy to introduce the Ron Stewart Professional Development Scholarship.

Ron Stewart was an instrumental figure and champion of access technology in higher education. During his career in higher education, he saw that there were many small localized professional organizations for those working in higher education to support the needs of students, faculty, & staff with disabilities. However, there was no national organization for these professionals. To rectify this, in 2002, Ron Stewart helped to start the Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN) while continuing to work in the field of access technology. ATHEN has flourished into an international organization to collect and disseminate best practices in access technology in the higher education environment as well as present a collective voice for the professional practice of access technology in higher education. ATHEN has become a continual sponsor of the Accessing Higher Ground conference.

The Ron Stewart Memorial Professional Development Scholarship purpose is to continue Ron’s mission to nurture access technology professionals in higher education.To accomplish this, the scholarship will provide financial assistance to a first-time, in-person, attendee to the Accessing Higher Ground conference.

Scholarship Award

  • General conference fees for Accessing Higher Ground Main Conference (not including Pre-Conference or other packages)
  • Hotel accommodations for the conference (3 nights) at the official conference hotel
  • Professional Membership in ATHEN for 1 year

Note: Recipient with be responsible for travel costs and meals


  • Never attended the Accessing Higher Ground conference
  • Employed at a post-secondary institution in the field of access technology.

Scholarship Application Requirements

  • Complete the scholarship application (Due October 6, 2023)
  • Complete a personal statement on your future goals and ambition to support access technology
  • Nomination by a current ATHEN member (Self sponsorship allowed)
  • Letter of support from management or equivalent at current institution