There are scholarships for college and university that are of directed at students who have a physical disability. Scholarship applications are usually due in the early spring of the year before the student commences their studies in September. Contact the individual scholarship organizations to obtain the application criteria and deadline submission dates.
In addition to the scholarships listed below, contact the university or community college directly to obtain information on other scholarships that might be available.
Easter Seals Ontario manages the following scholarship funds. Please note applications are now available on the Easter Seals Ontario Services website.
Open to current or former Easter Seals Ontario youth or young adults with physical disabilities attending college or university in fall 2020. Preference to a student who has been an active volunteer in their community.
Five scholarships open to current or former Easter Seals Ontario youth or young adults with physical disabilities attending college or university in fall 2020.
Open to all youth and young adults with physical disabilities attending university. Preference to a student who serves as a model and inspiration for others.
- Open to all youth and young adults with physical disabilities attending college or university. Preference to a student in a skilled trades program at college or university.
- Open to all youth and young adults with physical disabilities attending post secondary education. Preference to a student pursuing a finance or business degree.
- Open to all youth and young adults with physical disabilities attending university. Preference to a student of South Asian descent.
Open to youth and young adults with physical disabilities who can demonstrate outstanding Community Service within the Greater Toronto Area(Toronto, Peel, York & Durham).
Open to youth and young adults with a physical disability who are pursuing their post secondary education at Algonquin College.
The applications for these scholarships are available on the Easter Seals Ontario Services website.
Other Scholarships Available for Students with Physical Disabilities
For undergraduate studies in any field of study at any Canadian degree granting institution or community college.
The program was established to encourage and support students with spina bifida and or hydrocephalus to develop independence and responsibility for their own future educational directions and to assist students to pursue higher education with the ultimate goal of obtaining a degree or graduate certificate or diploma. Value: will be determined on an annual basis.
The Empowered Kids Ontario Scholarship Program was established to recognize youth who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and volunteerism in the community, and have benefited from services and supports offered by a Children’s Treatment Centre. Applicants must have been a client of an Ontario Children’s Treatment Centre. Selection criteria include demonstrated leadership in school and/or in their community, a personal statement, and recommendations by school and community mentors.
Kevin Collins Abilities Scholarship – Friends of We Care
The Kevin Collins Abilities Scholarship, is presented to a post-secondary student with a disability. Students with a disability, who have successfully completed one year in his or her post-secondary education and/or equivalent trades education and are continuing such program, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Contact: Katie Hartl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-841-1223.
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
A consumer organization with a mandate to encourage self empowerment of post-secondary students with physical disabilities. The website has a list of various Student Awards/Financial Aid.
For a student with a physical disability who plans to pursue post secondary education at University, College or any other centre of post secondary education in the fall.
The bursary has been established to assist students with physical disabilities in full time study at an Ontario College of Arts and Technology. Bursaries are granted each year to one male and one female applicant who demonstrate potential for studies at the Community College level.
These scholarships are for students with disabilities. There are many other scholarships that you may be eligible to apply for based on your field of study, community connections, academic and athletic achievement and many other criteria. Talk to the guidance department at your high school for more information on scholarships.