Disability Related Scholarships

In addition to other forms of financial aid, students with disabilities may qualify for additional scholarship funding. Many are provided through the Disability Resource Center and others are offered by outside advocacy organizations. 

The links below will take you to information about each scholarship.

Download scholarship application for 2016-2017 Academic year.

Angela Brooke Warner CF Scholarship Endowment Fund

The Angela Brooke Warner CF Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in 2005 by The Angela Warner Foundation to honor and memorialize the beautiful life of Angela Brooke Warner who passed away on February 6, 2003, at the age of 21 after a courageous, lifelong battle against cystic fibrosis. Angela was born on March 11, 1981 to Donald and Linda Warner of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She spent her entire life in Eden Prairie except for family vacations and a brief residency in San Diego, California to attend college. Despite her illness, she strived for excellence. She was an honors graduate and varsity cheerleader at Eden Prairie High School. Her spirit and vibrant personality were an inspiration to all who knew her. Her beauty, love of others, and her generous heart left eternal impressions on all who were touched by her life.

Guidelines for Selection

  • Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate or professional school student at the University of Minnesota.
  • Preference will be given to a student or students with cystic fibrosis.
  • The scholarship may be awarded annually or renewed for a maximum of four years.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.

Marshall Access to Education Fund

The purpose of the Marshall Access to Education Fund (MAEF) is to enhance opportunities for learning for students with disabilities at the University of Minnesota. Annual distributions from the fund will be used to enhance both access to the University of Minnesota and learning opportunities for students with disabilities.

The Marshall Access Education Fund was established by alumni of Marshall High School, a Minneapolis Public School which closed in 1982. For many years, Marshall High School served the educational needs of all Minneapolis high school students with disabilities, as it was Minneapolis' only secondary facility with and elevator. In establishing this fund, alumni express their thankfulness for an educational experience which enriched their lives through opportunities to develop friendships and to grow with students with disabilities.

Guidelines for Selection

  • Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate, graduate or professional school student at the University of Minnesota.
  • This award is for new student with academic promise and may be awarded annually or renewed for a maxims of four years.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.

The Minneapolis Bleeding Disorders Scholarship

This scholarship is available to an undergraduate or professional school student with a physical disability. Preference is given to a student who identifies as having an inherited bleeding disorder. (Documentation not required.)

Robert and Gail Buuck Family Fund for the Disability Resource Center

The Buuck Family Fund is now being administered through The Office of Admissions Scholarship page.  Please visit their website for more information and to acquire the application.

The purpose of the Buuck Family Fund is to provide access to higher education, opportunities for enhancing or supporting learning, and support for guidance or training in the development of self advocacy and leadership for students with disabilities at the University of Minnesota.

The Buuck Family Fund is the University's first fully endowed scholarship for students with disabilities. Alumnus Robert Buuck and his wife Gail gave the U's Office of Disability Resource Center $100,000 to establish the scholarship fund. This generous gift was spurred by an article in the University's MN Daily which noted there were no such scholarships for students with disabilities. Robert and Gail continue to support this fund. The Buucks recently made further financial contributions towards this fund to ensure scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities at the University of Minnesota.

Guidelines for Selection

  • Applicants must be undergraduate degree seeking students at the University of Minnesota.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants may qualify for funds for more than one year, as long as they are making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree.
  • Applicants must have a physical disability. This is defined as students who have mobility, hearing, vision, or systemic conditions that substantially limit at least one major life activity, (systemic disabilities are defined as conditions affecting one or more systems of the body, including respiratory, immunological, neurological, and circulatory systems).

National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota will be awarding one scholarship for $1000 and one for $500 to qualified students who are legally blind and attending a post-secondary school in Minnesota.

For additional information or to download the application, please visit NFB of Minnesota Scholarship page.

Applications for the Minnesota scholarship program must be received no later than April 15.

The application and associated information are made available here as a "PDF" document and a ".DOC" Microsoft Word document.  The "PDF" document is ideal for printing additional paper copies while the Microsoft Word document provides a means to supply information in electronic form which is generally easier for those using assistive technology such as screen readers.

If you have any questions about our scholarship program, please contact the scholarship committee chairperson as follows:

Sheila Koenig, State Scholarship Chairperson
e-mail:  shekoenig@comcast.net

In addition to two NFB of Minnesota scholarships, our national organization is awarding thirty separate national scholarships with values ranging up to $12,000. 

One application can be used to apply for all of the national scholarships, but the application for the national scholarships is not part of the attached application for our Minnesota scholarship.  The application process for the national and state scholarships are independent; thus, candidates must complete and submit applications separately when applying to both scholarship programs.

More information on the national scholarships and the application can be obtained at

http://www.nfb.org/scholarships

American Council of the Blind 2015-2016 Academic Year Scholarship Announcement

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) annually awards approximately twenty scholarships ranging in amounts from $1,000 to $2,500 to vocational, entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are legally blind, maintain a 3.3 GPA and are involved in their school/local community.

Applications may be submitted beginning December 1st and all materials must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on March 1st. For the scholarship guidelines and complete an on-line application, please visit American Council of the Blind

For more information, please contact the ACB National Office at: (202) 467-5081 or (800) 424-8666.

2015 Through the looking glass scholarship

2015 THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS SCHOLARSHIP
ANNOUNCEMENT AND APPLICATION

Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families are accepting applications until March 23 for scholarships specifically for high school seniors or college students who have parents with disabilities.  A total of fifteen $1000 scholarships will be given out Fall 2015.  These scholarships are part of Through the Looking Glass' National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families.  There are separate eligibility requirements for high school seniors and for college students:

1. High School Seniors.  To be eligible, a student must be a high school graduate (or graduating senior) by Summer 2015, planning to attend a two-year or four-year college in Fall 2015 in pursuit of an AA, BA or BS degree, and have at least one parent with a disability.

2. College Students. To be eligible, a student must be currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college in Fall 2015 in pursuit of an AA, BA or BS degree, be 21 years of age or younger as of  March 23, 2015, and have at least one parent with a disability.

All application materials must be postmarked by March 23, 2015.  Individuals may submit only one application per award period.

Selection criteria for all scholarships include academic performance, community activities and service, letter of recommendation and an essay describing the experience of growing up with a parent with a disability.  Five of the fifteen scholarships will also consider financial hardship and academic potential in addition to the other selection criteria.

Please go to our website:
http://www.lookingglass.org for more information, including the application form, complete application directions and an FAQ page that answers many common questions as
well as offers helpful suggestions.

Through the Looking Glass
3075 Adeline Street, Suite 120
Berkeley, CA 94703
(800) 644-2666
(510) 848-2005 (TTY)
www.lookingglass.org
scholarships@lookingglass.org