Camp Independence is a summer camp for transitional students, age 18-22, seeking educational and career assistance. In partnership with Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehab Services (TWSVRS), Goodwill hosts several one-week sessions of Camp Independence, each summer geared toward transitional students – individuals with disabilities transitioning from high school to post-secondary education or the workforce.
The program teaches young adults with disabilities about jobs, social skills, hygiene, phone etiquette, how to save and spend money, how to apply for a job, interviewing and networking skills in addition to post-secondary education opportunities, independent living skills, and self-advocacy instruction. In partnership with local business partners like Omni Fort Worth Hotel and others, campers will experience a real-world work environment with hands-on job shadowing experiences. For more information on how to enroll your student in Camp Independence, call AJ Williams at 817-332-7866 or email email@example.com.
Project SEARCH is a program that offers real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent living skills to help youth with significant disabilities make a successful transition from school to a productive adult life.
The Project SEARCH model involves an extensive period of training and career exploration, innovative adaptations, long-term job coaching and continuous feedback from teachers, job coaches and employers. As a result, at the completion of the training program, students with significant intellectual disabilities are employed in nontraditional, complex and rewarding jobs. Contact Bobbie Hodges at 817-332-7866 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Summer Earn and Learn
In partnership with Texas Workforce Solution, Summer Earn & Learn creates pathways to employment for students with disabilities. Participants receive workplace readiness training to prepare for successful employment and paid work experience to help build skills and identify future career goals. Eligible students include those with an Individualized Education Plan or a 504 Plan. Students must be 14-22 years of age as of September 1. For more information contact the Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation counselor assigned to your school or Rosla Hocker at 817-436-4127.
The Goodwill Industries Empowerment Scholarship awards a total of four individuals up to $1,300 per academic year ($650 per semester). Two scholarships are in the fall semester and two more in the spring semester. These scholarships are provided to assist academically deserving students who have a documented disability; however, students with demonstrated financial need are also be considered. All scholarships and other financial aid already awarded is taken into consideration when determining eligibility. Selections will also be based on a student’s overall academic progress, disability, financial need, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and participation in community activities. Students will be notified by e-mail or mail of any scholarship award or denial. You may apply online here.
Students are welcome to reapply for a scholarship award for subsequent academic years. Additional consideration of the application will be given for academic progress. (Grades/progress reports should be submitted along with applications.) Please attach a separate sheet describing how the scholarship benefited you and why it should be renewed. Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth reserves the right to cancel any scholarship or aid awarded at any time if the applicant fails to meet the standards of academic progress, any other scholarship requirements, or falsifies information reported and may ask at any time for grades/progress reports from the student who was awarded a scholarship.
- Be enrolling as a first-time student in college or returning student with fewer than 90 commutative college credit hours attempted.
- Pursuing an Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree at an accredited college or university.
- Enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
- Have and maintain a satisfactory GPA (2.00-4.00).
- U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be a resident of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth service area.
- Have a documented disability and/or demonstrate a financial need.
- Not be related to any of the Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth Board Members.
Complete and submit a Scholarship Application with the items listed below:
- An official college academic transcript from all colleges previously attended
- A one-page essay about yourself explaining your family background, personal interest, what you plan to study, and why you want to further your education
- Entering freshmen must submit a high school transcript
- For consideration as a disabled applicant, please provide proof of disability from a recognized state, federal, or medical/psychological authority
- A copy of your (or your family’s) previous year’s Federal Tax Return
Scholarship Application Deadline
Fall Semester – April 15
Spring Semester – October 15