One Step Closer Scholarship

An annual scholarship opportunity is available to eligible University of Houston students who are registered with the Center for Students with DisABILITIES for the 2019 – 2020 academic year! The Jacob Zalewski Scholarship Fund is a gift from the One Step Closer Foundation. Scholarship recipients will be awarded up to $1,000 for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Jacob graduated from UH in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. He was a scholarship recipient and fortunate to have opportunities and supports that helped him to succeed in college. Jacob wanted to assist other students in pursuing their educational dreams at UH and raised funds for these scholarships through his non-profit organization, the One Step Closer Foundation.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a UH student who is registered with CSD and has a documented physical or health impairment as dictated in the Center's guidelines.
  • Be eligible for Financial Aid for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Eligible students have applied for and qualify to receive a grant and/or student loan.
  • Be a full-time or full-time equivalent, degree-seeking student. Full time is defined as registered for a minimum of 12 hours (undergrad), 9 hours (graduate), or eligible for a reduced course load.
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better, with preference given to students with GPA's of 2.5 or better.

Selection Criteria

The Center for Students with DisABILITIES Scholarship Selection Committee will select the scholarship recipients based on merit and financial need. Recipient selection will be based upon information received from the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office, transcripts, recommendation forms, and the applicant's essay. All decisions of the Committee are final.

Applicants need to submit all of the following in order to be considered for a scholarship no later than (August 9, 2019):

  • Completed Personal Information Form
  • Copy of current course schedule and college transcripts (unofficial is acceptable).
  • A minimum of two (2) completed Recommendation Forms. One form should be from a current or previous university instructor from student's major field of study. One form should be from a current or previous university instructor from student's major field of study. One form can be from another university professor, high school teacher or a workplace supervisor.
  • An essay including the following
    • Your major and academic goals
    • Your career objectives
    • How this scholarship would assist you in achieving your academic goals.
    • Discuss strategies you have used to compensate for your disability in academic and/or vocational settings.
  • Proof of financial aid eligibility.
  • Submit a complete original application packet to the CSD on or before (to be announced)

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for the scholarship.


Awards will become effective in the Fall 2019 semester, in an amount not to exceed $1,000 per recipient. Funds will be automatically deposited in the recipient's account, to be applied toward tuition, room, board, books and other academic-related expenses. Students are eligible to reapply in subsequent years.

Students will be notified of the status of their application by email.

Please contact CSD at if you have any questions. All correspondence must be in writing through e-mail.