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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.

TD Graduate Scholarship for People with Disabilities

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

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.

Sarah Gaulin Memorial Scholarship

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).

Sabrina Shannon Memorial Award

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

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

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.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Scholarships

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

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

Amount:  $1,500

Open to students with a diagnosis of epilepsy.

CNIB Master’s Scholarships

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

Amount:       $500

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

Bank of Canada Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities

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

Amount:  $1,000

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

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario Scholarships

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

Amount:  $750 to $3,000

Open to students with a permanent physical disability.