NEADS Accepting Applications to the 2022 Student Awards Program!
Deadline: May 31st, 2022
(Ottawa, February 17th, 2022)
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is now accepting applications for the NEADS National Student Awards Program, the NEADS Holly Bartlett Memorial Award, the NEADS Christine Nieder Memorial Award, the AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship, the Canada Post Award, the Bridgeman Hogue Memorial Scholarship for the Visually Impaired, and the Connor Clark & Lunn Financial Group Scholarship.
These awards are offered to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons with disabilities enrolled in undergraduate, graduate or professional degree programs at recognized Canadian universities, or in certified diploma programs at Canadian colleges or cégep.
In addition, as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, funding will be prioritized to students with disabilities who identify as part of multi-marginalized communities, including:
• Indigenous Peoples
• Racialized populations
• First Generation Canadian
One outstanding applicant who meets the eligibility criteria will be awarded $10,000 from Canada Post.
Two outstanding applicants (one English, one French) who meet eligibility criteria will be eligible for $5,000 each available from the AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship.
42 outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the NEADS Student Awards Program, will be receiving an award in the amount of $3,000 to support the costs of their tuition and student fees. These awards are made possible through generous support from Employment and Social Development Canada’s Supports for Student Learning program.
One eligible and outstanding applicant will receive the Holly Bartlett Memorial Award, and another will receive the Christine Nieder Memorial Award. Each of these awards are valued at $1,000.
Another applicant who identifies as being blind or visually impaired will receive the Bridgeman Hogue Memorial Scholarship, valued at $1,000.
Finally, a new addition to the NEADS’ Student Award offerings, is the Conor Clark & Lunn Financial Group Scholarship, valued at $5000, which will be awarded to a student pursuing education in a business related field.
"We are very proud of the NEADS Student Awards Program, entering our 15th year of the program with over 152 recipients," said Lauren Gravis, Director of the NEADS Student Awards Program. "We are excited to receive applications from students with disabilities from across Canada who demonstrate strength, resilience, integrity in a way that is incredibly transformative for themselves and others."
Formerly known as the AMI Scholarship, the award has been renamed the AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship in honour of the organization’s Accessibility Officer, who passed away in December 2015. Robert Pearson was a long-time employee of AMI and fervent supporter of accessibility in Canada and around the world. “Renaming the AMI Scholarship in Robert’s memory ensures that his hard work lives on and forever reminds us of his commitment to accessibility and creating a more inclusive society,” explains Peter Burke, AMI Vice-President of Marketing and Communications. “The scholarship program was created to further strengthen the organization’s commitment to making accessible media for all Canadians, a role that Robert embraced with great passion and enthusiasm. He was an inspiration to all of us.”
Entering its 11th year, the AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship program offers much needed financial assistance to students with a disability. In 2022, AMI will once again collaborate with the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) to administer the program and engage students with disabilities from across the country. Two $5,000 bursaries will be awarded to deserving students with a permanent disability; one from the English community and one from the French.
Full descriptions of the new types of awards we offer follow:
Canada Post Award
The Canada Post Student Award supports outstanding scholarship in higher education for persons with disabilities. The award recognizes contributions made to Canadian society through community development and knowledge sharing, and will be given to a student who demonstrates leadership, innovation, respect and integrity in their research, studies and community involvement.
Bridgeman Hogue Memorial Scholarship
The Bridgeman Hogue Memorial Scholarship are offered to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons with a visual disability who often have greater barriers to participation in higher education and extra costs because of their disability established to support outstanding scholarship in higher education for persons with disabilities. Each year the award is dedicated to advocates in the blind and visually impaired community.
Connor Clark & Lunn Financial Group Scholarship
The newest addition to the NEADS’ Student Awards offerings is the Connor Clark & Lunn Financial Group Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to persons with disabilities in higher education who display community leadership, and show interest in a business-oriented career. Recipients of this scholarship will be limited to students who are enrolled in a three+ year program in business, economics, computer science/technology, engineering or a related program at an accredited college or university located in Canada, and will be selected on the basis of financial need.
Apply for all programs through the NEADS website until May 31st, 2022!
For inquiries related to how to the application process, contact the NEADS’ Financial Assistance Programs Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
For any other inquiries, contact:
National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
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