IDA Austin believes that one of the most effective ways to positively affect the lives of students with learning differences is to ensure that members in our community have access to quality training in the field of dyslexia education. To  further efforts in this area, IDA Austin is proud to offer  scholarships for individuals taking courses or workshops in structured literacy and/or attending conferences that provide the skills necessary to educate individuals with dyslexia.


General Information

Scholarships funds can only be used for course/workshop and conference fees. Applicants are eligible for scholarships up to 50% of the cost to a maximum of $500.

Scholarships are awarded four times a year. Due dates for applications are January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. Award decisions will be made by March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 respectively. Applicants may apply for a scholarship once annually. Scholarships are awarded as funds are available. Decisions of the IDA Austin Scholarship Committee are final.

Acceptable training opportunities will be determined by the IDA Austin Scholarship Committee. Scholarship awardees are required to register for the training opportunity and to personally pay 100% of the tuition directly to the training/workshop or conference in advance. A paid receipt will be required for reimbursement.

After completion of the training, awardees must complete a follow-up form. Additionally, the following three documents must be provided:

    1. Certificate of attendance/completion received at the end of the class.
    2. A one-page typed essay describing how the class will impact your instruction and support for struggling readers
    3. A paid receipt from the class.

Follow-up documents will be emailed to Upon receipt of all follow-up documents, a check will be sent to the scholarship recipient within 30 days from the date of receipt.

Applications must be submitted electronically to IDA Austin. Application form is below.

Awards are based on the quality of the application submitted. The committee pays special attention to:

  1. the quality of responses to application questions.
  2. how the training will impact the students you work with.
  3. how you will share what you have learned with your colleagues and community.

Scholarship Application Form

  • Please describe the training opportunity you would like IDA Austin to consider for your scholarship. Provide the course or conference name, date(s) of occurence, cost, and name of the organization providing the training.
  • Please attach a one-page statement (typed and double-spaced) in PDF format which answers the following three questions. Please be sure to type your name on the statement. 1. Why are you interested in applying for this training, workshop, or conference? 2. How will this training, course, or conference be of benefit to you? 3. How you will share what you have learned with your colleagues and community?
    Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 15 MB.
  • Please attach letters of reference from two individuals who are not immediate family members. Please include their name, email address, and phone number in the letter.
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    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, Max. file size: 15 MB.