Dr. Toni Jo Mason Foundation Donates $50,000 to Edinboro University
Edinboro University was named a recipient of a national foundation award dedicated to serving students with physical disabilities.
The Dr. Toni Jo Mason Private Foundation in Tallahassee, Fla., established a non-endowed fund totaling more than $50,000 at Edinboro University for full-time undergraduate students with a physical disability and demonstrating financial need.
Eligible students will receive an award of $2,000 annually for two years.
“With Dr. Mason’s dedication to students with disabilities, Edinboro University is proud to continue her legacy through serving the needs of our students,” said Marilyn Goellner, vice president of Edinboro University Advancement. “Dr. Mason has made education possible for students across the nation, and we are excited at Edinboro to continue her mission.”
The scholarship fund will serve as a tribute to the vision, mission, life work and example of Dr. Toni Jo Mason’s academic achievement and success in overcoming the obstacles experienced by individuals with disabilities. Mason was diagnosed with cerebral palsy soon after birth. Her parents, both educators, created an encouraging environment that enabled and supported her belief that she could and would accomplish anything other children could do with time and determination.
As an educator and humanitarian, Mason helped pave the way for all children with disabilities nationally. She contributed to the development of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and served as a federal child compliance officer for the United States Department of Education. She also developed and implemented the self-study and transition plans for Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
As a federal child compliance officer, Mason traveled nationally and to ensure the intent and spirit of the law was implemented and upheld.
She believed that the ability to overcome obstacles required an attitude of “stick-to-it-ness” which meant, never giving up on dreams, no matter how long or how hard a pathway to achievement might be.
The spirit of this scholarship is to support the academic success of the recipient as well as raise awareness of the importance of building support networks and success opportunities for all students to dream, reach success and never give up hope of reaching one’s full potential.
For more information about the Dr. Toni Jo Mason Scholarship, visit www.edinboro.edu/mason.