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 Scholarships

Easter Seals Ontario manages the following scholarship funds. Please note applications are posted on the Easter Seals Ontario website in February of each year.

  • Hira Scholarship Fund
    Open to all youth and young adults with physical disabilities attending university.
  • Truelove Dell Scholarship Fund
    Open to Easter Seals youth demonstrating outstanding Community Service within the Greater Toronto Area(Toronto, Peel, York & Durham).
  • Sal Iacono Family Bursary Endowment Fund
    Open to youth and young adults who are pursuing their post secondary education at Algonquin College.

Other Scholarships

AUCC Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
For undergraduate studies in any field of study at any Canadian degree granting institution or community college.

Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick Scholarship Program
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.

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 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.

Maurice Izzard Memorial Award
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. Holland Bloorview School Authority

Whipper “Billy” Watson Education Bursary
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. Holland Bloorview School Authority

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.