The Dale M. Schoettler Scholarship for Visually Impaired Students was established in 1991 for San Francisco State and San Jose State University students to receive a quality education in pursuit of a professional career in business, humanities, arts, and the sciences. After Mr. Schoettler’s death in 2001, the California State University received a $4.8 million bequest from his estate to expand the existing financial aid program for visually impaired students to all 23 CSU campuses. Mr. Schoettler, who himself was blind, was a businessman from Mountain View, California.
Thirty-six (36) scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year.
- Applicants must currently have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale and must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale during the academic year in which the award is received.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled in 6.1 units or more as a CSU undergraduate or graduate student in any major field and must remain enrolled in 6.1 units during the academic year in which the award is received.
- Applicants must have a visual disability and provide verification from a medical health professional, which includes the best corrected visual acuity notations. (Please note that the disability must be such that it impedes the educational process and necessitates accommodations, support services, or programs.)
Students who have previously been nominated and/or awarded the Schoettler scholarship may continue to apply each year provided they continue to meet the qualifications.
Application packets at SF State University are available online at the bottom of this page, or at the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) in SSB 110.
Completed applications must include the following:
A completed Scholarship Applicant Information form
A Confirmation of Visual Disability form, completed by a medical health professional
A brief Personal Statement by the student describing his or her background, personal achievements, challenges encountered, educational pursuits, and goals and aspirations for the future
An Application Checklist (to be completed by the DPRC and Financial Aid offices)
Be sure to print out and complete both the Scholarship Applicant Information Form and the Application Checklist. Do not leave any line blank on the Applicant Information Form. If there is no information to provide, "N/A" should be used. The Confirmation of Visual Disability also needs to be completed by your medical health professional, which includes the best corrected visual acuity notations. Each item submitted with the application packet (i.e., "Personal Statement") should be clearly labeled.
Completed applications must be submitted to the Disability Programs and Resource Center per the instructions on the Application Checklist. Applications are accepted on a year-round basis, however, the first application deadline is Friday, May 13, 2016. No fax submissions are accepted.
Download the Confirmation of Visual Disability Form