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Ontario Work Study Program & NUWork

​External Funding

There are many resources or awards available through ‘external’ agencies such as your local service clubs.

Some of the best resources are on the Web. Some sites to check:

​Disability-Specific Awards

Interactive website for students with disabilities

Nipissing University ​Student Awards

​Disability Awards Portal

Your portal to awards and scholarships for students with disabilities studying at Canada's colleges and universities. You can register to search through their extensive database of scholarships, bursaries and grants you are specifically eligible for. Once you have created a profile, you will be able to perform tailored searches, save awards, and receive notifications of new awards. You will also find information on government student loans and grants organized by province.

Disability Awards Website

​Aird Scholarship

For full-time students with physical disabilities entering their first year of studies. Two awards of $2,500 each are distributed annually.

Link to Aird Scholarship information

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf Scholarship Awards

Vary in amounts from $500 to $1,000. These scholarships are open to students who were born with a profound or severe hearing impairment, or those who have lost their hearing before acquiring language skills.

Alexander Graham Bell Association Website​

Canada Safeway's Moving Muscle Scholarship

Canada Safeway is funding three scholarships for young adults aged 17 to 27 living with a neuromuscular disorder. The purpose of the Canada Safeway Moving Muscles Scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to young adults in pursuit of their post secondary education or training.

Scholarship candidates must be a registered client of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. One Moving Muscles Scholarships will be awarded in each of the following regions: British Columbia; Alberta; and Saskatchewan/Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario. Each successful candidate will receive $5,000 from the Moving Muscles Scholarship fund, which will be awarded on scholastic achievement, basis of financial need and community involvement. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2012. The application form can be found on Muscular Dystrophy Canada’s website:

Muscular Dystrophy Canada's Scholarships and Bursaries Website​

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) Scholarship Program

The purpose of the CHHA Scholarship Program is to offer financial assistance and recognition to hard of hearing and deafened students registered in a full time program at a recognized Canadian college or university, in any area of study, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a diploma or degree. Three awards will be granted; the CHHA Scholarship, the Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship, and the Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship.

CHHA Scholarships website

Copnick/Hilliard Scholarship Fund

$500 for a physically disabled student. Deadline for application is August 15 of each year.

​Spinal Cord Injury Canada Scholarships page

​Eric Waldron Scholarship Award

This year the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy’s Board of Directors is offering the Eric Waldron Scholarship Award in the amount of $2000.00 to a student with a disability who is attending their 2nd year at University. Applications should be returned no later than June 15, 2012.

Eric Waldron Scholarship Award Application​

​Gloria Landis Memorial Bursary

This is a $1000 bursary for a mature student with a documented learning disability entering their first year of study. Unfortunately, The GLORIA LANDIS MEMORIAL BURSARY will NOT BE AVAILABLE in 2012, due to funding constraints.

Link to Gloria Landis Memorial Bursary information

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) Scholarship Program

The objective of this scholarship program is to encourage Canadian students with disabilities interested in obtaining a first university degree, to pursue university studies. Up to ten (10) scholarships valued at $5,000 CDN will be awarded this year. 

AUCC Scholarships and Internships page

Joubin/Selig Scholarship Fund

The total award amount available varies from year to year. Each scholarship award is set at a maximum of $5,000. Applicant Profile:

  • Applicants must have a permanent physical (mobility) disability and must have demonstrated academic achievement.
  • Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.

Application for Awards

Students must submit a completed Scholarship Application Form to the Toronto Community Foundation. Forms are also available from the Community Foundation by emailing Mini Alakkatusery, malakkatusery@tcf.ca or by calling 416-921-2035 ext. 205. Come into the Disability Services office to pick up an application.

Link to Joubin/Selig Scholarship information

Justin Eves Foundation Scholarship

For students with disabilities attending college or university, up to $3000. Deadline is April 29, 2012 for the 2012-13 school year.

Justin Eves Foundation scholarship Application​

Lilly-MDAO Moving Lives Forward Scholarship

The "Lilly-MDAO Moving Lives Scholarship" will help 6 scholarship recipients' from across Ontario with mood disorders resume their studies and achieve their goals by providing them with financial assistance. Complete the application process including all appropriate documentation and references and submit by Monday, May 7th, 2012. Please note: Faxed copies will not be accepted and email attachments will not be opened.

Lilly-MDAO Scholarship​ Application Page

Mattinson Endowment Fund Scholarship for Disabled Students

For undergraduate studies; $2,500 per year.

Mattinson Endowment Fund Scholarship Application​

NEADS Equity Through Education Scholarships & Awards - Deadline March 1, 2011

This project, which was launched in the spring of 2006, creates equitable opportunities for post-secondary students with disabilities by offering funding to eligible students and campus groups. Up to 20 outstanding applicants, who meet the criteria of the program, will be receiving an award in the amount of $3,000 to support the costs of their tuition and student fees.

NEADS National Student Awards Program

Post Secondary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Siblings

Post Secondary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Siblings​​

Rixon Rafter & the Judge Brian Stevenson Scholarship Funds

Available to blind students attending post-secondary programs. These scholarships, ranging from $300 to $500, are given to successful candidates based on their financial needs, academic achievement and career goals. Application forms are available from C.N.I.B. Divisional Offices or the Ross MacDonald School: Tel: (519) 759-0730.

Roy Cooper Scholarship:

For a high school student with a documented LD entering university or college in an engineering or physical sciences program; $1000; apply by June 18, 2012.

Roy Cooper Scholarship Information

The Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario's Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick Scholarship Program

For individuals with Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus residing in Ontario that are pursuing higher education. $1000 award for University students, $500 for College students.

Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick Scholarship Program Information

SILVER CROSS Ability Achievement Scholarship

The SILVER CROSS Scholarship is offered to full time college and university students who use either a manual wheelchair, power wheelchair, or mobility scooter while attending classes. One applicant each from the United States and Canada will be selected to receive the $3,000.00 scholarship award. Our goal with this award is to contribute towards the future of a wheelchair user by offering the winning student financial assistance to help cover the expenses of tuition and books.

See the Silver Cross website to apply.

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be enrolled at an accredited college or university within the United States or Canada as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must complete at least one full year of college/university
  • Must use a manual wheelchair, power wheelchair, or mobility scooter (exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Must obtain a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must have completed the application and submitted their response to the essay question on or before December 31st, 2013
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States or Canada or hold a valid student visa​

The Terry Fox Humanitarian Award Program

Based on demonstration of good citizenship and humanitarian service, perseverance in overcoming obstacles, the pursuit of academic excellence, and the pursuit of excellence in amateur sport, fitness and health; the value of the award is $4000 annually.

Terry Fox Awards Website

Eligible applicants are those who are blind or severely visually impaired. Each scholarship is worth $5000, and applications must be received by May 31.

Wayne and Walter Gretzky scholarship information​

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