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Graduate Studies

Scholarships for students with disabilities

These scholarships for students with disabilities are available to post-secondary students. Each scholarship listed below includes a short description of the criteria, deadline, amount, and a link to find out more information.

Please note that some of these deadlines may change, as organizations respond to the impact of COVID-19.

As many scholarships require the submission of medical documentation, academic transcripts, references, and essays, it is best to start your applications well in advance of the due date.

April 2020 deadlines

TD Graduate Scholarship for People with Disabilities

Deadline:  April 30 at 5 p.m.
Amount:  $20,000

Open to students with a disability studying at the graduate level. Fields of study must relate to rehabilitation but are not limited to any particular discipline.

AER William and Dorothy Ferrell Scholarship

Deadline: April 30
Amount: $1,000

Open to students who are legally blind (visual acuity of 20/200 and / or visual field of 20 degrees or less) who are studying for a career working with people who are blind or visually impaired.

May 2020 deadlines

Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 1
Amount: $1,000

Open to students with an ongoing mental health condition for a minimum of two (2) years that are registered in a full-time program of study (minimum 40% course load).

Arlene Burris Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 1
Amount: Up to $1,000

Students must be 21 years of age or younger and either deaf or hard of hearing, or studying in any field that will prepare them to work with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

George Bateman Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 1
Amount: Up to $1,000

Students must be 21 years of age or younger and either deaf or hard of hearing.

Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award

Deadline: May 1
Amount: $1,000

Open to students under 25 years old who have made exceptional contributions to raising food allergy awareness in their community.

NEADS National Student Awards Program

Deadline: May 8
Amount: $1,000 to $5,000

Open to students with a permanent disability and studying on a full-time basis (at least 40% of a full course load). Numerous scholarships available.

Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada Bursary

Deadline: May 20 at 12 p.m. (noon)
Amount: Up to $1,000

Open to students with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus and have been registered members of SBHAC (Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada) for a minimum of one year.

The Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick Scholarship Program

Deadline: May 31
Amount: Varies

Open to Canadian citizens with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus studying at any accredited university or college, technical or trade school, career institute or school of business.

June 2020 deadlines

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Scholarships

Deadline: June 1 at 5 p.m.
Amount: $1,000 to $2,000

Open to students who are hard of hearing, deafened, or oral deaf and use spoken language as their primary means of communication. Various scholarships available.

AbbVie IBS Scholarship

Deadline: June 1 at 5 p.m.
Amount: $5,000

Open to students with a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, pursuing a diploma, associate, undergraduate, or graduate degree.

The Osler Epilepsy Scholarship

Deadline:  June 14 at 4 p.m.
Amount:  $1,500

Open to students with a diagnosis of epilepsy.

CNIB Master’s Scholarships

Deadline:      June 15
Amount:       $5,000 to $12,500

Open to students who are blind or partially sighted (less than 20/70 corrected vision) entering their first year in a post-graduate program. Numerous scholarships available.

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy Scholarships

Deadline:      June 27
Amount:       $500

Open to students with cerebral palsy who are current members of OFCP (Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy). Numerous scholarships available.

August 2020 deadlines

Bank of Canada Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities

Deadline:  August 1 at 11:59 p.m.
Amount:  $4,000

Open to students who are studying on a part-time or full-time basis at the undergraduate or graduate level. Students must have an average of at least 70% and be enrolled in a field related to the work of the Bank of Canada, including (but not limited to): economics and finance, administration and operations, or information technology and cyber security. Scholarship recipients will also be considered for a paid summer or part-time (during the academic year) work placement at the Bank of Canada.

Michael Kamin Hart Scholarship

Deadline:  August 2
Amount:  $1,000

Open to students who have (or have had) cancer that are between the ages of 18 – 39 years old and are a resident of Ontario.

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario Scholarships

Deadline:  August 6
Amount:  $1,000 to $5,000

Open to students with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or psychosis, who are pursuing education within an accredited university or college (at the undergraduate or graduate level), vocational institute, trade school, or high school equivalency program. Numerous scholarships available.

Tamara Gordon Foundation Scholarship

Deadline:  August 31
Amount:  $750 to $3,000

Open to students with a permanent physical disability.