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Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program

Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program
Appalachian State University
Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program
151 College St
College of Education, Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28607
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Program Contact Dr. Susan Hedges
Phone 828-262-8389

The Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program provides support for college-age students with intellectual disabilities who are pursuing postsecondary education at Appalachian State University. SDAP Scholars participate in a two year living and learning experience which prepares students for personal and occupational success. As an inclusive program, SDAP students are fully integrated into the university community. Scholars follow a program of study, take courses related to career and personal interests, live in residence halls with peers, work in jobs on and off campus, participate in social and extracurricular events, and engage in civic activities and service learning opportunities culminating in the College Achievement Award Certificate. 

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 11
Deadline to apply to this program: December 1
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-26
  • Students must have documentation indicating Intellectual/Developmental Disability

Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 39%
Retention rate: 80%
Cost of the program:

SDAP students pay the same tuition, fees, room and board as traditional degree-seeking students. To find specific information on these costs, visit

Additional costs: $1,000.00

 Additional $1000 per semester residence life support fee.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

<p>Some small scholarship funds are available to students and are awarded on the basis of need.</p>

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Colllegiate Achievement Award
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 75%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

We partner with Caldwell Community College and Technical Instititute (CCCTI) where students in SDAP can attend courses in their programs that have career focused credentials.

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Examples of activites our students participate in are: Greek Life, Service Learning, Films Council, Film Club, Campus Ministries, Club Sports, Theatre, Dance, Art, Photography, CosPlay, Comicon, Hall Council, Ambassadors, Gospel Choir, Best Buddies International, Multicultural Student Development

Last updated: Monday, January 4, 2021 - 15:13