The Community Engagement and Education Scholarship Program provides financial assistance for individuals with Down syndrome (Ds) to participate in extracurricular or life skill development activities. It is intended to offer individuals with DS an opportunity for a fun, enriching program that he/she would not get in the academic/therapy arena. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following: camps, tutoring, dance classes, art classes, karate, gymnastics, life preparatory skills training, swimming lessons. It may not be used for therapy services, daycare, family vacations, or memberships to local museums or public attractions.

  • Each applicant is eligible for a maximum of $500.00 per calendar year (January-December) for scholarships for extracurricular activities for the current year.
  • Funds will be disbursed on a first come first served basis, based on availability, if they meet the VDSA Scholarship Guidelines.
  • The VDSA scholarship program is now accepting applications for individuals with Down syndrome to participate in a variety of programs in 2024. An invoice or paid receipt MUST be submitted with the application to receive funds. If your child or adult received funds in 2023 you must also complete page two of the application.
  • Applications cannot be processed until all the required documents are received. Monies can be sent directly to the program (invoice required) or reimbursed with a paid receipt. All 2024 scholarship applications, invoices, or receipts must be received before December 15, 2024.

For questions, please contact Jasmine Samuel at

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