Autism Spectrum Disorder Grant Scholarships

Full Scholarships for students pursuing
Special Education M.Ed.: ASD Concentration.

Apply today for to the Master of Education in Special Education with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Concentration (36 hours) and contact Dr. Rita Coombs-Richardson as your first steps to be eligible to receive one of 10 annual full scholarships starting Fall 2015. Last cohort to start Fall 2018.

These scholarships will pay for:

  • Tuition and fees
    • 2 classes per semester (FALL, SPRING, SUMMER) for 2 years.
      See course sequence below.
    • Book stipend $200 per course
  • Some Conference Travel:
    • Stipend in the amount of $800 for each of the 10 incoming students to attend a Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education or a Council for Exceptional Children conference.
    • If selected --up to 3 students per year Research Dissemination at a national or regional conference for 3 students for 3 days and 2 nights including airfare, hotel, mileage reimbursement, and per-diem.
  • Childcare stipends in the amount of $250 per student per semester will be given throughout the program.

Scholarship Checklist

Review the Scholarship Checklist to expedite and successfully navigate the process of applying for the scholarship.

Contact Dr. Rita Coombs-Richardson at (361) 570-4263 or (832) 443-0696 to learn more or apply for the grant.
To be eligible you will need to:

  • Complete a successful interview with Dr. Rita Coombs-Richardson.
  • Hold a valid teacher certificate.
  • Apply through the normal channels for admission as a graduate student
  • Be accepted into the Special Education M.Ed.: ASD Concentration program. Including, but not limited to, having your personal essay submitted and accepted.
  • 2 letters of recommendation and
  • Pre-Scholarship Agreements and Exit Certifications, corresponding program regulations and FAQs can be obtained at

This grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Related press release at

In compliance with conditions under Division H, Title V, Section 505 of Public Law 113-76, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014:

  • 90.4% of the total costs of the project will be financed with Federal money
  • in the amount of $1,103,833.07 of Federal funds; and
  • 9.6% of the total costs of the project will be financed by UHV in the amount of $117,409.50.