NEADS National Student Awards Program

Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions

In order to be eligible, students must be:

  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • Applicants must have a permanent disability*
  • Currently enrolled at a post-secondary student institution as a full-time student**.

**For the purpose of these awards, a permanent disability is a permanent functional limitation which affects the ability of the student to participate fully in post-secondary education.
**For first year students: applicants must be accepted to a post-secondary institution at the time of application.

What types of disabilities are considered?

Including but not limited to: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Chronic Medical Disabilities, Head Trauma / Acquired Brain Injury, Hearing Impairments, Learning Disabilities, Mobility Disabilities, Psychiatric / Mental Health Disabilities, Visual Impairments, and Episodic Disabilities (e.g. multiple sclerosis, arthritis).

When will those selected to receive an award be contacted?
All recipients will be contacted by telephone and/or email no later than December 1st. Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected as award recipients will be contacted.

How should my references submit their forms?
Referees will be sent a reference form to fill out to their email address. Applicants must indicate the exact name and email address of their referees in their application. Applicants should advise their references to check their spam folder for the link to the reference form.

How can I confirm that my documents have been received?
Once you finish your application a receipt of completion will be sent to your email.

Can I submit my application and/or documents in French?
Applicants are invited to submit their application in the official language of their choice (English or French). Documents are reviewed by bilingual staff for completeness.

What format files do my files have to be in to submit them online?
Electronic files are accepted in the following formats: Microsoft Word (DOC), (DOCX) and Adobe Acrobat (PDF).

Once I have submitted my application, can I make changes to it?
All submissions become the property of NEADS and will not be returned. Once submitted, applications forms are final and may not be modified.

My phone number, email address, or mailing address has changed. How can I update my file?
Should your contact information change, please inform our Director of Student Awards by email at etes@neads.ca.

I am currently on medical leave from my studies; can I still apply?
Applicants must be currently registered in post-secondary education at a designated Canadian college, university or cégep at the time of application and be returning to school in the fall. Students on leave are not eligible to apply.

There are currently holds on my student account that are preventing the release of my grades, can my application be considered anyway?
No, all documents must be sent by the deadline.

Can I submit more than one community reference or more than one academic reference?
Only one reference of each type will be considered by the selection committee.

Can I apply for more than one award in this application cycle?
Yes, unless indicated otherwise you will be considered for all awards.

How do I apply for the AMI Scholarship?
For the AMI scholarship, please answer the AMI specific application question in your application to be considered for this award:
“AMI recognizes that the world of media has expanded well beyond the traditional TV and radio and, as an organization, we encourage and promote media accessibility and inclusion. Tell us in 250 words or less which media platforms present the most challenges and are the least accessible for persons with a disability. What feedback and advice would you offer to make social and traditional media more accessible?”

If I won a NEADS Student Award previously, can I reapply?
No.