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CDA Partner Scholarships

The Center for Disability & Access is pleased to offer several scholarships for students with a disability.  The current available scholarships include:

The Louise J. Snow Scholarship benefits any qualified student with a disability.

The Keaton Walker Scholarship and the Poulson Family Endowed Scholarship benefit a student that is blind, low vision or has a physical disability.  Preference will be given to those students that are blind or low vision.

For the Academic Year 2019-20, the Ann Margaret Christenson Scholarship is being offered for students with cerebral palsy or another neurological disorder.  Preference will be given to those students with cerebral palsy.

Scholarship amounts will vary between $1000 and $5000 depending on funding available.  To apply for any of the above scholarships, download the application here.  Deadline for application for the above scholarships is March 1, 2019 (deadline extended to March 15, 2019).

Craig H. Neilsen Scholarship

CDA also offers the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Scholarship.   This scholarship is available to all eligible students with a Spinal Cord Injury who attend or plan to attend the University of Utah as undergraduates or in graduate school. The scholarship offers up to 100% of tuition for in-state students (and equivalent of 125% of in-state for non-residents) and includes supplemental funding for books and other eligible expenses.  To apply, download the specific application here.

All Center for Disability & Access Partner Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend the Center for Disability & Access Awards Luncheon, where they will be recognized.

University of Utah, Financial Aid & Scholarships

The department of Financial Aid at the University of Utah provides scholarships to eligible students. Scholarships are provided by the University, alumni, and private donors and are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and promise of future achievement. Financial need is an additional factor for some scholarship awards.

All Scholarship applicants must have applied for admission to the University of Utah and must have submitted the necessary documents before their scholarship application deadline. December 1, is the preferred filing date for admission to the University.

Alumni Association Scholarships

The Alumni Association offers many various scholarships to current and returning students. The Alumni Association is proud to recognize the academic achievements, community and University involvement, and outstanding potential of current and incoming students by offering a number of scholarships each year to qualified candidates. To visit their website, please visit


Chase and the George S. Eccles Foundation are partnering with the Utah-based non-profit YouthLINC (Youth serving the Local and International Needs Community) to provide an annual scholarship. One overall winner will receive a $5000 award to be used for tuition to an undergraduate or graduate student.  Four "runners-up" will receive $1000 awards to be used for the same purpose. If you would like to apply, please follow the instructions on the YouthLINC website.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program is giving 30 national scholarships in the range of $3,000 to $10,000. The Utah Chapter will also be awarding some scholarships to local students. Each scholarship may be in an amount of up to $1,500.

If you would like to apply for the national scholarships, please follow the instructions on the application. This application should be mailed to:

Mrs. Peggy Elliott, Chairman 
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee 
805 Fifth Avenue, 
Grinnell, Iowa 50112.

If you would like to apply for the local scholarships, please complete the same application and mail it to:

Everette Bacon, President 
National Federation of the Blind of Utah 
1751 Park St.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105.

Applicants must be legally blind and attending a post-secondary institution full-time.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities is offering the Anne Ford Scholarship for the coming academic year. This scholarship provides $10,000 over four years to a promising high school senior with learning disabilities who plans to pursue a university degree. For an application, please visit their website.

Entry Point Scholarship

Entry Point is a program of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which offers outstanding summer internships and semester co-ops in major companies throughout the United States, including NASA, IBM, Texas Instruments, JP Morgan Chase and others.

Entry Point is available to students with disabilities majoring in science, engineering, mathematics, and some business fields.

Qualifying students must:

    • Be full-time undergraduate or graduate students
    • Be a Science, Math, Engineering, or Computer Science major (there are a few opportunities available for business majors)
    • Have a B- average GPA (or higher)
    • Be a U.S. Citizen or have a right-to-work permit

If you meet the above criteria, you might be selected for a position this summer where you will benefit from a mentor and receive competitive pay. For more information, please visit their website. 

The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire

The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire recognizes and supports individuals with ADHD in the US who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school, or technical school in the United States.  The Scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and a prepaid year of ADHD coaching from the Edge Foundation to assist in the transition to higher education.

For information on the Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire, including the full rules and regulations, please visit

The Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Fund

The Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Fund supports high school and college students with dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  CLICK HERE for the guidelines and application. 

 Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities

Deadline: January 17, 2017 or until 700 applications are submitted, whichever comes first

The Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities is designed to help people with disabilities obtain the education or training necessary to succeed in the career path of their choice.

To apply, you must have an identified disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major life activity). Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates who are planning to enroll (or who are already enrolled) in full- or half-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The program will award $2,500 renewable scholarships for full-time students and $1,250 renewable scholarships for half-time students. Visit for more information and to apply.

Last Updated: 3/21/19