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Center for Disability & Access Partner Scholarships

CDA is pleased to offer several scholarships for students with a disability. Scholarship amounts will vary between $1000 and $2000 depending on funding available. The current available scholarships include:

Louise J. Snow Scholarship

Benefits any qualified student with a disability.

Keaton Walker Scholarship

Benefits a student who is blind, low vision or has a physical disability.  Preference will be given to those students that are blind or low vision.

Poulson Family Endowed Scholarship

Benefits a student who is blind, low vision or has a physical disability.  Preference will be given to those students that are blind or low vision.

Alumni Association and The Center for Disability & Access Scholarship

For students with a disability that are Junior status or above.  Offered in partnership with the Alumni Association.

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To apply for any of the above scholarships, click the link above or visit and complete an application to the "Center for Disability & Access Scholarships for Students with Disabilities".

The application deadline for the above scholarships is March 5, 2023, end of day.

Craig H. Neilsen Scholarship

for Students with a Spinal Cord Injury

This scholarship is available to 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 may include supplemental funding for books and other eligible expenses.

nEIlsen scholarship program information


To apply, click the link above or visit and search for keyword "disability" or "Neilsen".

The application deadline for the Neilsen scholarship is March 15, 2023, end of day.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

university office of scholarships and financial aid

The University Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid offers 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.

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.

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 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 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. 

This $500-$2,500 scholarship supports students with dyslexia who are pursuing higher education in STEM.  Applicants must be either a high school student or post-high school student who will be attending an accredited undergraduate school, technical school, or community college in the USA next fall.  For more information and to apply, visit the Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundation and click on the Scholarships tab.  Application Deadline for 2021 is February 28, 2022.

Last Updated: 3/17/23