Jim Boyce Memorial Scholarship Application
The Jim Boyce Memorial Scholarship was established in 2010 by the Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) to honor the life and career of our colleague Jim Boyce who made a lasting impact in the field of accessibility compliance.

Following are the parameters under which the Jim Boyce Memorial Scholarship, hereafter referred to as the “Scholarship,” will be administered:

1. The total annual scholarship amount will be determined by the Scholarship Committee/APA Board of Directors. Annual award amount may be awarded to one qualified recipient or divided between two qualified recipients as determined by the scholarship committee.

2. Funding for this APA scholarship and any associated administrative costs is provided entirely by donations or fundraisers within the APA organization.

3. Eligibility requirements

a. The applicant must be a resident of the USA.

b. The applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited degree program in architecture, landscape architecture, civil engineering, construction management, interior design or other degree program closely related to accessibility/universal design at a United States institution of higher learning.

c. The applicant must be in good in standing with the college or university and have a cumulative grade point average equivalent to 2.5 or better in a grading system that utilizes a 4.0 scale.

d. The applicant must demonstrate some experience as well as an active and career interest in accessibility/universal design. Studies and projects in universal design and constructing or creating a model of accessibility compliant facilities may be ways to demonstrate such interest.

4. Scholarship Applicants will be evaluated and selected by a Scholarship Committee as appointed by the APA Board. Scholarship Recipients will be selected based on the applicant’s qualifications and the following criteria:

a. Grades 15%

b. Experience/Interest in Accessible/Universal Design 25%

c. Career Interest in Accessible/Universal Design 25%

d. Discretionary Evaluation of Scholarship Committee 35%

5. All information pertaining to the Scholarship process and candidates shall be held in complete confidence by the Scholarship Committee and the APA Board; however, all such information shall be made available to the APA Board at their request. The names of Scholarship Recipients may be used in publication as “previous scholarship winners” unless the Scholarship Committee receives a request of anonymity in writing from a particular scholarship recipient.

6. Candidates that have previously applied for or been awarded the Scholarship will be eligible to re-apply any year following their award or previous application.

7. The completed and signed application, unofficial transcript, and all supporting documents must be submitted no later than March 31 of the spring semester for which the applicant is applying.

8. At least one and no more than two letters of recommendation must be submitted by the application deadline of March 31. Letters of recommendation may be uploaded to the application by the applicant or may be emailed by the recommender to jbms@accessibilityprofessionals.org.

9. Scholarship Recipients will be notified of his/her award by the Jim Boyce Memorial Scholarship Committee no later than April 31st in the semester year they are applying. Funding of the scholarship will occur on or before May 31st, in the semester year for which the scholarship has been awarded.

If you have technical difficulties with the application, please email mindaweldon@gmail.com.

Email address *
Name (first, middle initial, last) *
Current address (Street/Apt, City, State, and Zip code) *
Phone number *
Permanent email address *
We like to follow up with scholarship recipients after graduation.
Are you a resident of the United States? *
Which university/college are you attending? *
Student ID# *
What is your major? *
Classification *
What is your estimated graduation date? *
How many college credit hours have you completed? *
What is your GPA (on a 4.0 scale)? *
Please describe your experience and interest in accessible/universal design. *
Please describe your career interest in accessible/universal design. *
You may upload examples of your work here. The files must be uploaded as PDFs.
The Scholarship Committee is specifically interested in examples that pertain to accessible/universal design.
If you have a website that displays work you would like the scholarship committee to view, please list the web address here.
Please upload a recent copy of your unofficial transcript. The file must be uploaded as a PDF. *
Please upload at least one and not more than 2 letters of recommendation. The file(s) must be uploaded as PDF(s).
You may upload your recommendation(s) directly or you may direct your recommender(s) to submit letters directly to EMAIL ADDRESS. All letters must be received no later than March 31.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the scholarship committee?
By my signature below, I hereby certify that all information contained in this scholarship application and attachments is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. *
Type your name and date below as your electronic signature.
Thank you for submitting your application. Recipients will be announced at the end of April.
A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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