Center for Disability & Access Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

The Center for Disability & Access (CDA) is dedicated to students with disabilities by providing the opportunity for success and equal access at the University of Utah. Over 1,600 students are served by CDA each academic year across a wide range of disabilities and academic programs. Recognizing that financial support is critical to academic success, CDA is pleased to offer several scholarships for students with a disability.

To be eligible, students must be registered with CDA as a student with a disability. Incoming or otherwise interested students not already registered with CDA should schedule an intake appointment prior to the scholarship application deadline to begin the process to determine eligibility. To schedule an intake appointment, call CDA at (801) 581-5020.

In addition to the University of Utah General Scholarship Application, students applying to CDA scholarships also must submit:

  • A typed personal statement to include: academic and career goals, how you have used your disability as an example in a positive way, what volunteer or community service you have participated in, and financial need.
  • Provide one letter of recommendation from someone acquainted with your academic record (not a family member). Please request letters to be provided to you to be uploaded as part of your application.

To apply, a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA is required and recipients must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA and achieve a 2.5 GPA each semester for the term of the scholarship. Opportunities for students registered less than full-time may exist and will require approval from CDA.

This application will qualify you for consideration for these scholarships (based upon eligibility):

  • Louise J. Snow Scholarship (2 available) – for any qualified student with a disability
  • Keaton Walker Scholarship (2 available) – for students with a visual (preferred) or physical disability
  • Poulson Family Endowed Scholarship (1 available) – for students with a visual (preferred) or physical disability
  • Alumni and the Center for Disability and Access Scholarship for Students with Disabilities (12 available) – for any qualified student with a disability that is a Junior or above

NOTE: For students with a spinal cord injury a separate CDA scholarship is available – the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Scholarship for Students with Spinal Cord Injury. To apply for this scholarship please apply to the separately listed scholarship application.

Scholarship amounts will vary between $1,000 and $5,000 depending on funding available. For additional information about CDA scholarships, visit https://disability.utah.edu/students/scholarships.php.

Selected recipients will be notified by or about June 15, 2021

Award
Varies, typically up to $2,000
Deadline
05/02/2021
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you registered with the Center for Disability & Access (CDA) and found eligible for services? If you are not currently registered, please contact CDA to meet with an advisor.
  2. Who is your advisor in the Center for Disability and Access, if you currently have one?
  3. Have you completed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application? https://fafsa.ed.gov
  4. Submit a typed personal statement to include: academic and career goals, how you have used your disability as an example in a positive way, what volunteer or community service you have participated in and financial need
  5. Provide one letter of recommendation from someone acquainted with your academic record (not a family member).
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