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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:

2021-22 Scholarship applications now open

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.

The 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.

Scholarship amounts will vary between $1000 and $2000 depending on funding available.   Our scholarships have been migrated to the University of Utah Scholarship centralized application.  To apply for any of the above scholarships, visit and search for keyword "disability".  Deadline for application for the above scholarships is May 2, 2021.

Craig H. Neilsen Scholarship

CDA also offers the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation 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.  To apply, visit and search for keyword "disability" or "Neilsen".  Deadline for application for the Neilsen scholarship is March 29 2021.


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 LEGACY Foundation Scholarship

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 March 17, 2021.

Last Updated: 6/9/21