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Scholarships

Emily Martin contributes her success on campus to accommodations through the Disability Center. Photo by Sam O'Keefe/University of Missouri

Mizzou students with disabilities are eligible for several scholarships through the MU Disability Center.

Matt Buckley Memorial Scholarship

The Matt Buckley Memorial Scholarship awards around $5,000 annually to one student with a disability (undergraduate or graduate) who is enrolled full time at the University of Missouri. This scholarship was made possible by a gift from the Buckley family.

Application process

Applications are accepted from currently enrolled students in spring for the following academic year. A selection committee convened by the Disability Center provides recommendations for awards to the MU Student Financial Aid office, which administers the fund.

Eligibility

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled, full-time, at the University of Missouri
  • Have an accommodation plan in place with the Disability Center
  • Have a documented physical disability affecting mobility, sensory disability, or learning disability
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and must not be on academic or disciplinary probation
  • Be United States citizens or lawful permanent residents

The scholarship, once awarded, will be renewed annually to that recipient as long as a minimum 2.5 GPA is maintained, with full-time enrollment, until the recipient’s degree is conferred.

Deadline to apply for the 2019-20 Matt Buckley Memorial Scholarship is March 15 2019.

About Matt Buckley

Buckley was born in 1969 and soon thereafter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University in 1995, Buckley attended the graduate program in rehabilitation counseling at Mizzou, where he earned his master’s degree in education in 2004.

Buckley worked as an access adviser in the Disability Center until his death in April 2017. He was passionate in encouraging students to persevere in achieving their educational goals, despite difficulties or setbacks they encountered due to their disabilities. His determination and perseverance was an inspiration to all who knew him, but especially to the students he worked with at Mizzou.

Missouri Student Unions/US Bank Students with Disabilities Scholarship

The Missouri Student Unions/US Bank Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 with the opening of a US Bank branch in the MU Student Center.

Intended to recognize outstanding MU students from distinct backgrounds, these scholarships are awarded at the end of the spring semester. A recognition banquet held at the beginning of the fall semester recognizes annual winners.

Application process

  • Complete the scholarship application.
  • Submit a letter of application to the scholarship selection committee:
    • Discuss your accomplishments and involvement at MU. Include information regarding academic achievements, employment, and volunteer work and student organizations.
    • Discuss your involvement with the Disability Center.
    • Explain how the scholarship would benefit you in your educational pursuits.
    • Describe how you model leadership characteristics to other MU students with disabilities.
    • Provide supplemental information, such as:
      • Current Resume
      • Letters of recommendation

Eligibility

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled at the University of Missouri
  • Be registered with the Disability Center
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Not be on academic probation

Deadline to complete the 2019-20 US Bank Scholarship Application is March 15.

Frank Hodges Jr. Physical Disability Scholarship Fund

Established in 2001, this fund provides scholarships to students with physical disabilities, including mobility, vision, hearing and health-related disabilities. The Disability Center provides recommendations for awards to the MU Student Financial Aid Office, which administers the fund.

The scholarships are made possible by gift from the estate of Jessie Hodges Benton in honor of her brother, Frank Hodges, Jr. Hodges, who was deaf, graduated from the University of Missouri in 1923 with a degree in engineering.

Application process

Applications are accepted from current students in spring for the following academic year.

Eligibility

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled at the University of Missouri
  • Be registered with the Disability Center
  • Be receiving academic accommodations
  • Have a documented physical, sensory or health related disability
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Not be on academic probation

Deadline to complete the 2019-20 Frank Hodges Physical Disability Scholarship Application is March 15.

Frank Hodges Jr. Physical Disability Scholarship Fund for Incoming Students

Established in 2015, this fund provides a scholarship to incoming students (transfer, freshmen, etc) who register with the MU Disability Center. The Disability Center provides recommendations for awards to the MU Student Financial Aid Office, which administers the fund.

This fund has been made possible through a gift from the estate of Jessie Hodges Benton, in honor of her brother, Frank Hodges, Jr.  Frank, who was totally deaf, graduated from the University of Missouri in 1923 with a degree in engineering. The fund has been established to provide scholarships to students with physical disabilities (mobility, vision, hearing, health related).

Application process

The Frank Hodges Jr. Physical Disability Scholarship award will vary annually but will range from $500 to $5,000. Students will be notified prior to the start of fall semester if they have been awarded the Frank Hodges Jr. Physical Disability Scholarship for Incoming Students.

Eligibility

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Apply and be accepted to the University of Missouri
  • Have a documented physical, sensory or health related disability
  • Have an appointment schedule with the Disability Center by July 2, 2018 or have established accommodations with the office already
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Missouri during the fall semester; a schedule of courses must be submitted with application
  • Have a high school cumulative grade point average of 2.75% or higher; official high school or college transcript must be provided
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Deadline to complete the application for the Frank Hodges Jr. Physical Disability Scholarship for Incoming Students has now passed.

Meek Scholarship

Started in 2013, this fund provides a scholarship to incoming freshmen who have established an accommodation plan with the MU Disability Center.

Application process

The Meek Scholarship award will vary annually but will range from $500 to $5,000. Students will be notified prior to the start of fall semester if they have been awarded a Meek Scholarship.

Eligibility

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Apply and be accepted to the University of Missouri the first semester following high school graduation
  • Have an appointment schedule with the Disability Center by July 20, 2018 or have established accommodations with the office already
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Missouri during the fall semester; a schedule of courses must be provided
  • Have a high school cumulative grade point average of 2.75% or higher; official high school transcript must be provided
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Submit all documents to:

MU Disability Center
S5 Memorial Union
Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-4696573-234-6662 (VP); 573-884-5002 (Fax)
disabilitycenter@missouri.edu

Deadline to complete the Meek Scholarship application has now passed.

Find more information about grants, loans and scholarships on the website of the MU Office of Student Financial Aid.

Non-MU Scholarships

Blind and visually impaired

Missouri Council of the Blind

The Missouri Council of the Blind offers scholarships to legally blind Missouri students pursuing a full time course of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Deadline: June.

The Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program

Offered by the Council of Citizens with Low Vision International, the Fred Scheigert Scholarship Program provides competitive scholarships to full-time college students with low vision. Applicants must meet academic and vision requirements to be considered. Deadline: March.

American Council of the Blind

The American Council of the Blind presents more than two dozen scholarships and awards to outstanding blind students each year. All legally blind full-time students admitted to academic and vocational training programs at the post-secondary level may apply. A cumulative grade point average of 3.3 is generally required.

RFB&D (Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) Award Programs

RFB&D offers national achievement awards for high school and college students who have disabilities. Deadline: March.

  • The Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Awards are presented to RFB&D-member high school seniors with learning disabilities who demonstrate extraordinary leadership, scholarship, enterprise and service to others. Offered since 1991, the awards are given to six students chosen by a selection committee.
  • The Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards are presented to RFB&D-member college seniors who are blind or visually impaired in recognition of extraordinary leadership, scholarship, enterprise and service to others. Offered since 1959, the awards are given to nine students chosen by a selection committee.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Scholarship Program

Each year at its national convention the NFB awards 30 scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. Each applicant must be a legal U.S. resident who is legally blind in both eyes and pursuing a full-time postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution. Deadline: March.

Christian Record Services Scholarship

Partial scholarships are offered to legally blind young people enrolling full time in undergraduate degree programs. Deadline: April.

Association of Blind Citizens Scholarship Program

The Association of Blind Citizens (ABC) offers the Reggie Johnson Memorial Scholarship to legally blind students seeking college degrees. Scholarships may be applied to tuition, living expenses or related expenses resulting from blindness. Deadline: April.

American Federation for the Blind (AFB) scholarships

The AFB offers seven different scholarships for legally blind students entering or attending a college or university. Deadline: April.

Guildscholar Award

The Jewish Guild for the Blind has created an annual scholarship program for college-bound high school students who are legally blind. The GuildScholar Program annually awards 12-15 scholarships to people of all religious backgrounds. Deadline: September.

Arthur E. and Helen Copeland Scholarships

The Arthur E. and Helen Copeland Scholarships are awarded annually to two students, one male and one female, who are member of the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA), are legally blind and are enrolling/enrolled full time at a two-year or four-year or technical institution or university. Applicants must have participated in USABA sports programs. Deadline: August.

Deaf and hard of hearing

Annual Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired

In 1975 the Travelers Protective Association of America (TPA) established the TPA Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired to provide financial aid to U.S. residents who need help obtaining mechanical devices, medical or specialized treatment, or specialized education and accommodations directly related to hearing impairment. Deadline: March.

Physical disabilities

Spina Bifida Association Scholarship

The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) Scholarship Program offers competitive one-year scholarships to qualified high school graduates who have spina bifida and are pursuing higher education. Deadline: March.

Independence Foundation Scholarship

The Independence Foundation Scholarship was created to help students with physical disabilities pay for the ever expense of college. Scholarships are awarded to three students with physical disabilities. Deadline: April.

Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarship

The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Scholarships are available to U.S.-citizen PVA members and their spouses or dependent children. Applicants must be accepted or enrolled in a degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university

1800Wheelchair.com Scholarship

1800Wheelchair.com annually offers a scholarship to an undergraduate student who wins an essay contest. Preference is given to students with mobility disabilities.

Mays Mission Scholarships

Mays Mission offers seven scholarships to students with physical and/or mental disabilities who meet academic qualifications and are enrolled full time in undergraduate programs. Deadline: June.

Scholarship Program for Amputee College Students

The National Amputation Foundation offers the The Claude S. Weiler Scholarship for Amputee College Students provides six scholarships to full-time college students with major limb amputations. Deadlline: August.

Health Related

Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation (CFSF) provides opportunities for young adults with CF to further their education at a college or vocational school. Scholarships are awarded based on educational achievement, leadership and financial need. Deadline: March.

Hydrocephalus Association Scholarships

The Hydrocephalus Association offers scholarships to young adults with hydrocephalus. Scholarship funds may be used for a four-year or junior college, a high school post-graduate year to prepare for college, a technical or trade school, an accredited employment-training program or a post-graduate program. Deadline: April.

Patient Advocate Foundation’s Scholarships for Survivors

The foundation offers scholarships to students younger than 25 who have been diagnosed with cancer or critical or life-threatening diseases. Funds can be used for college, university or vocational-technical school tuition fees.

Elizabeth Nash Foundation Scholarship Program

The Elizabeth Nash Foundation (ENF) awards scholarships to help people with cystic fibrosis (CF) pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees. The program is open to U.S.-citizen students with CF who are prospective or current undergraduate or graduate students at accredited U.S.-based colleges and universities.

Factor Support Network Pharmacy Scholarships

Factor Support Network offers two scholarship programs. The Mike Hylton & Ron Niederman Memorial Scholarship provides five scholarships for men with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease and their immediate family members. The Millie Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship provides two scholarships for women with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease.

Ulman Cancer Fund

The Ulman Cancer Fund established the Matt Stauffer Memorial Scholarship to support the financial needs of college students who are battling or have overcome cancer and who demonstrate financial need. Deadline: May.

National Hemophilia Foundation’s Kevin Child Scholarship

Each year the Kevin Child Scholarship is awarded to a qualified student who has hemophilia in memory of Kevin Child, who was born with hemophilia and died of AIDS before finishing college. Deadline: June.

Lupus Inspiration Foundation for Excellence (L.I.F.E.)

The L.I.F.E. Scholarship is awarded twice a year to students who have been diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and are working toward degrees at accredited U.S. colleges or universities. Each applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be involved in at least one extracurricular activity. Deadline: July.

The Andre Sobel Essay Award

The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation offers annual essay awards to young survivors of catastrophic illness. Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 21 and consider themselves survivors of cancer or other critical or life-threatening illnesses.

Psychological disabilities

Mays Mission Scholarships

Mays Mission offers seven scholarships to students with physical and/or mental disabilities who meet academic qualifications and are enrolled full time in undergraduate programs. Deadline: June.

Autism spectrum

Autism Society of America Scholarships

The ASA offers several awards and scholarships. Its CVS/All Kids Can Scholars Program annually provides a scholarship to a qualified student with autism toward the completion of an accredited, postsecondary educational or vocational program of study. Deadline: March.

General

Exceptionalnurse.com College Scholarship Awards

ExceptionalNurse.com awards multiple scholarships to help qualified students with disabilities who are enrolled in nursing and nursing-education programs. Preference is given to undergraduate students. Deadline: June.

Communicative Disorders Scholarship Program

Sertoma offers a Communicative Disorders Scholarship Program for students who have been accepted into a graduate-level program in speech/language pathology and/or audiology at a U.S. college or university accredited by ASHA’s Council on Academic Accreditation. The scholarship covers tuition, books and supplies. Deadline: March.

Anne & Matt Harbison Scholarship

In keeping with the goals of artist P. Buckley Moss, who struggled with dyslexia during her school years, the Harbison Scholarship is awarded to one high school senior with a certified language-related learning difference who is pursuing post-secondary education. It is renewable for up to three additional, consecutive years.Deadline: March.

Little People of America Scholarships

LPA offers educational scholarships to prospective and current students enrolling in college or vocational school in the United States. Scholarships are given, in order of preference, to: LPA members with medically diagnosed dwarfism; immediate family members of dwarfs who are paid members of LPA; non-LPA-member people with dwarfism; other disabled students; and non-disabled students demonstrating financial need. Deadline: April.