This page lists the various scholarships and awards available to students with disabilities through NEADS.
Amount: Varies (see below)
Number Available: Varies (see below)
Deadline: May 8th [2021-2022 information is currently unavailable]
The NEADS National Student Awards Program is offered to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons with disabilities, who often have greater barriers to participation in higher education, as well as extra costs because of their disabilities. Students must currently be registered in and continuing at post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of registration as part of the application and on receipt of the award. These awards provide funding to students in all fields of study and are the only programs of their kind in the country that recognize the academic and community achievements of post-secondary students with disabilities.
The award will be offered to outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the program. The awards are paid directly to the post-secondary institution (in the students accounts) that the recipients are attending to defray the cost of tuition fees for post-secondary study.
Types of awards available
- NEADS National Student Awards ($3,000 each)
- NEADS Holly Bartlett Memorial Award ($1,000)
- NEADS Christine Nieder Memorial Award ($1,000)
- AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship (2 at a value of $5,000 each)
The National Student Awards Program, currently in its seventh year, has received more than 1,000 applications, and has awarded 63 scholarships to date to outstanding applicants across the country. The NEADS National Student Awards Program supports disabled students, who often need additional financial assistance to be successful in their studies due in part to accommodating their needs in the campus setting. The scholarships in the NEADS National Student Awards Program are valued at $3,000 each, and are tuition awards, payable directly to the students school.
The Holly Bartlett Memorial Award was established in memory of former NEADS board member Holly Bartlett, who passed away in March, 2010. The award was created the following year and is a $1,000 scholarship awarded each year by the Association, with the same criteria as the NEADS Student Awards Program.
The Christine Nieder Memorial Award was established in 2015 to commemorate the life and contributions of Ms. Christine Nieder, NEADS Board member, who passed away in July 2014. The award will be offered to a graduate student with a disability in the amount of $1,000 in recognition of Christine’s passionate work to address barriers faced to participation in graduate programs of study.
- Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
- Applicants must have a permanent disability*
- Applicants must be currently registered in and returning to a full-time program of study at an accredited Canadian post-secondary college or university. Full-time status is at least 40% of a full course load.
*For the purpose of these awards, a permanent disability is a permanent functional limitation which affects the ability of the student to participate fully in post-secondary education.
Applicants must demonstrate:
- Strong commitment to your academic discipline
- Exemplary record of volunteerism and/or employment
- Demonstrated potential to be an outstanding participant in the community
How to Apply
Apply online here
Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed for completeness and adherence to the above guidelines. Assuming all guidelines are met, selection committees review applications based on the selection criteria described above.
Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected to receive an award will be contacted. Recipients will be contacted by mid-November.
See also the Frequently Asked Questions
For any inquiries pertaining to the application process please contact Lauren Gravis, Director of Student Awards at: email@example.com