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Submission Guidelines for the Robert L. and Helen Johnson Scholarship

Application Period for the 2024-2025 Academic Year

September 15, 2023 – December 22, 2023


Through generous contributions made by Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, the Robert L. & Helen Johnson was established to assist students with disabilities further their education. The SDS Scholarships Committee is comprised of various Student Life offices and may include staff and students, as well as faculty members. The SDS Scholarships Committee will select recipients based on the specific criteria indicated below and through a competitive selection process. Funds are distributed to recipients at the beginning of the next fall and spring semesters during Financial Aid disbursement.


  1. Must be enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student at UTK at the time of application and award.
  2. Must have a documented disability.
  3. Must have completed 60 hours of undergraduate coursework by January 1, 2024
  4. Must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.
  5. Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA from their previous institution.

Application Procedure

  1. Complete and submit the Online Application Form between September 15, 2023, and December 22, 2023.
  2. If you are not currently registered with SDS, email a copy of your documentation to Please review the documentation guidelines for more information.
  3. Attach a resume to your online application.
  4. Attach a letter of recommendation to your online application.
  5. Attach a 500-word original typed essay explaining how this scholarship will benefit you as a student. Please include your goals, accomplishments, and any activities or relevant experience (employment, caretaking, etc.) you are currently involved in both on and off campus.
  6. SDS will obtain a copy of your academic history.

Late or incomplete applications and applications without documentation of a disability, resume, or letter of recommendation will not be considered. To ensure your application is complete, please utilize the Submission Checklist for RHJ Scholarship


Two (2) scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year. The funds will be dispersed at the beginning of the 2024 fall and 2025 spring semesters.

Selection Process

The selection of the recipient for the Robert L. & Helen Johnson Scholarship will be made by a committee, with representation from a few Student Life Offices. The scholarship recipient agrees to:

  1. Write a thank you letter addressed to the Scholarship Selection Committee.
  2. Attend SDS Awards Banquet.

Note: Students who have received this scholarship more than once are not eligible to apply. Preference is given to students who have not previously been awarded this scholarship.


Student Disability Services will announce the scholarship selection results by Wednesday, February 7, 2023.

Cancellation of Scholarship

The recipient will forfeit the scholarship if they do not remain eligible to study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus. Suspension, academic probation, dismissal, or failure to maintain a 2.5 GPA during the award period will result in the scholarship being automatically revoked. The SDS Scholarships Committee may re-award the remaining funds or return them to the scholarship fund for the following academic year.

Updated: 09/07/2023

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