NEW YORK — New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, has taken a cue from Donald Trump and Ben Carson by promoting a new, $200 scholarship for children with disabilities.
As part of a nationwide push to educate the nation’s growing population of children with special needs, the New York state Department of Education will begin accepting applications from eligible students beginning Jan. 1, 2018, to fund a scholarship worth up to $200 to a local organization that is helping students with disabilities access educational opportunities.
Cuomo is urging the public to help support local organizations that provide opportunities for children to thrive.
“This scholarship is a way for us to show our support to local schools,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“It is a good reminder that the best way to make a difference in a community is to support those schools and communities that have already helped to create a positive and thriving school environment.”
The state will also begin providing grants to local school districts to assist with transition support, including counseling, school resource officers, special education, and support for the students with special need.
The state’s Office for Special Education and Early Learning (OSEE) has a $250,000 fund to support these schools.
The Office for Student Success (OSSS) will administer the scholarship.
Cuomo is urging school districts in New York to consider the needs of children who may have special needs.
The governor said that if the students applying to the scholarship have any concerns or concerns about attending school, they should call the state office that is overseeing the scholarship fund.
A total of 1,100 scholarships will be awarded for eligible students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.