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$1,000 IDEAL Scholarship Program

The 2018 IDEAL $1,000 college scholarship program will commence accepting applications on November 28, 2017 and close on January 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

  • The purpose of the IDEAL scholarship is to raise awareness of and sensitivity towards people with disabilities - it is not limited to applicants with disabilities – anyone who is eligible can apply.
  • Winners will be announced by May 2018.
  • The scholarship money can be used towards any college related costs, to include tuition, room/board, and books.

Please read the following information BEFORE emailing questions to the Administrator. Due to time constraints, any emails with questions that can be answered on this page will NOT be replied to.


  • Open to active US-based employees (management or non-management) and their immediate family members who are either high school seniors or college undergraduates and will be attending an undergraduate collegiate program in 2018.
  • An immediate family member is defined as a child (includes legal step-children), spouse, parent or sibling - it does NOT include nieces/nephews, grandchildren (even if you have legal guardianship) or in-laws.
  • High school juniors attending dual-enrollment programs are NOT eligible.
  • There is no age limit.
  • There is no limit to the number of eligible immediate family members per employee.
  • It is NOT open to contractors and their families

Requirements for All Applicants

  • The application consists of providing an official school transcript, information about extra-curricular activities, employment and achievements/awards, and an essay (choice of 2 - 500 word recommended length).
  • Information about extra-curricular activities, employment and achievements/awards can include both high school and college years.
  • High School applicants also need to provide either an acceptance letter from a college OR a letter from a HS guidance counselor simply stating that the applicant intends to attend college in 2018.
  • Letters of recommendation are NOT required nor considered in the evaluation process.
  • Transcripts MUST be OFFICIAL - applicants providing UNOFFICIAL transcripts will be disqualified from consideration.
  • HS seniors taking dual enrollment classes ONLY need to provide an official HS transcript, not any from a college - the HS transcript should show the dual enrollment classes and their associated grades.
  • Applicants must approve a release authorizing IDEAL to use the applicant’s name on the IDEAL website and in the IDEAL newsletter.


  • The deadline for the Program Administrator to receive all required materials is January 28, 2018 - NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Ensure official school transcripts and letters are requested well in advance so they arrive prior to the above deadline. Any materials arriving past the deadline will not be accepted.

Additional Information

  • All information should be available to complete and submit an application in one web login session, as unfortunately, there is no capability to save work and then edit/modify it at a later time.
  • Once the initial application is submitted, applicants will be emailed information on how to submit additional information electronically or via US mail afterwards (prior to the deadline).
  • Transcripts and any additional information may be attached to the application during the initial submission, and afterwards either via the website, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed (allow sufficient time to arrive BEFORE the deadline), addressed to:

Andrew Lombardo
AT&T IDEAL Scholarship Administrator
200 S. Laurel Avenue
Room E5-2D34
Middletown, NJ 07748-1914

Before You Apply

Gather and prepare as much of the following information as you can before you start your application.

  • AT&T employee name and UID
  • GPA, Class rank
  • Essay response (500 word recommended length)
  • Community involvement summary
  • Achievements and awards
  • Work experience
  • College Undergraduate: Official college transcript
  • High School Senior: Official High School transcript and copy of college admission letter or letter from high school guidance counselor indicating intent of college attendance

The application CANNOT be modified/updated once submitted.

Official transcript, admission acceptance letter, or letter from guidance counselor can be submitted separately afterwards - directions are provided via email after application submission.

Applicants are often disqualified because of late or missing transcripts/letter submissions - do not underestimate the time required to obtain a copy of your OFFICIAL transcript!

All files submitted should be in a common file format - preferred formats include PDF, Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Open Document (.odt). Other files types (jpg, gif, tif, gif, xls) may be accepted. If you cannot provide an acceptable common file type, contact the webmaster for assistance.

Essay Questions (Select One)

Question 1:

Invisible Disabilities are estimated to impact 10% of people in the U.S and are reported to be the most common type of disability among college students (refer to the Disabled World website for a list of invisible disabilities). Select and research an invisible disability from the list that you have not encountered before or that you have encountered and seen people really struggle with in their daily lives. What policy would you implement on your campus to accommodate persons with the particular invisible disability?

Question 2:

Select a disability – speech, hearing, mental, physical, walking, hands, etc. Go on an outing and explore/observe the physical access/barriers an individual with that disability would encounter. What were your findings and what would you do to improve the situation?

Begin Application

Apply by clicking the link below. Alternatively you can download the paper application and apply by mail.

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