Student Stipend Program

Established in 1950


up to $5,000 awarded

Upper Division or Graduate Students


The Trust Fund conducts a student stipend program. The stipends, of up to $5,000 each, are awarded in an initial installment in the summer of the award year and the balance in equal installments at the beginning of each academic session (semester, trimester or quarter). Only upper level undergraduate or graduate level students in institutions of higher education in the State of Washington who have a demonstrated interest and history in the field of intellectual or other developmental disabilities are eligible to apply.

For students who are awarded a student stipend, funds will be released to the university for distribution to the student for payment of student tuition, books and general living expenses after the schools provide evidence that the students continue to be enrolled (for the summer installment, enrollment is required for the fall). The Trust Fund hopes that this will allow colleges and universities to attract and retain students interested in working in the field as researchers, teachers or practitioners.

Each applicant should have a particular career interest in work relating to intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities. In addition to completing the application form, each applicant must submit:

  • A short essay stating what his or her interest is in the field of intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities;

  • Academic and other qualifications and/or achievements;

  • Both immediate and long-term goals;

  • Letters of endorsement from no fewer than two faculty sponsors; 

  • Official transcripts from the colleges or universities the applicant has attended

For a 2019-2020 school year application, download the file below and follow the instructions on Page 3:

After downloading the appliction, please fill out completely and attach it to the upload form by following the link below. You can also mail or email it by using the addresses below.

Submit Your Application

You can also mail or email your Application

Completed applications, along with all the other required documents and materials, must be postmarked or emailed no later than 12:00 Midnight in the locality where mailed or transmitted from no later than March 15th. Extensions will not be granted. Applicants will be notified of the Arc of Washington Trust Fund Board’s decision by April 30, 2019. Late applications, recommendations or transcripts will not be accepted.

Mail to:
Arc of Washington Trust Fund
Attn: Diana Stadden
2638 State Ave. NE
Olympia, WA 98506

Email to:
Diana Stadden, Administrative Assistant

The application for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted on this page in October 2019.

If you Receive a stipend

If you are awarded a stipend, at the end of your academic year you must provide us with a one-page description of how this stipend has been of benefit to you and what accomplishments you have made because of it. You also agree to be contacted five years after the stipend award for a follow-up to see how the stipend has helped you long-term. We look forward to hearing about your experience.

Recipient Feedback Form

Please follow the following link to the Stipend Recipient feedback form to provide us with your story, thank you.

For questions on the stipend program please contact Diana Stadden, Arc Trust Fund Administrative Assistant by calling (888) 754-8798, ext 6 or by email at

Stipend Awards for 2018

Misty Pruner

Rehabilitation Science

Adanna Abakporo

Social Work

Rachael Bowler

Clinical Psychology

Sandy Trinh

Educational Psychology

Megan Kidder

Special Education