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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 2019 Combined Scholarship Application.  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 Craig H. Neilson Scholarship application.

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 & Scholarships Office 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. Visit the Alumni Association Scholarship page.


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 recognize outstanding humanitarian service among youth,  apply for the Young Humanitarian Award.

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program

The National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program is the largest of its kind in the nation. Every year, they award more than $120,000 to blind scholars across the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico in recognition of their achievements and professional aspirations.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities

The National Center for Learning Disabilities recognizes outstanding high school students with learning and attention issues, general education teachers and schools or school-related programs who support students with learning and attention issues.

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 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).  Visit the Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Fund page for guidelines and application.

Last Updated: 4/22/19