NEADS Accepting Applications for National Student Awards/Holly Bartlett Memorial Award/AMI Scholarships/Christine Nieder Memorial Award: Deadline Extended to May 15

(Ottawa, March 6, 2015)

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is now accepting applications for the NEADS National Student Awards Program, the Holly Bartlett and Christine Nieder Memorial Awards and the AMI Scholarships. 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. Two outstanding applicants who meet eligibility criteria will be eligible for the $5,000 Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) Scholarship (one English, one French). Six deserving 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. One or more eligible and outstanding applicant(s) will receive the Holly Bartlett and Christine Nieder Memorial Awards, in the amount of $1,000.

Funding for the NEADS Student Awards is provided this year by our sponsors Scotiabank (1), Imperial (3), Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services (1) as well as private donors. "We are very proud of the NEADS Student Awards Program, and our 70+ recipients over its first eight years," said Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, NEADS' Senior Advisor and the director of the student awards program. "This program is the first of its kind in Canada, and was created to recognize overall excellence among students with disabilities in all aspects of post-secondary education. Our winners to date all embody the very best qualities of academic and community involvement. We hope that the program continues to grow, and we look forward to this year's crop of outstanding applicants."

Entering its fourth year, the AMI Scholarship program has seen significant success and offered much needed financial assistance to students with a disability. In 2015, AMI will introduce the AMI Scholarship program to the French market and offer both bursaries to students with a disability. “Through our partnership with NEADS, we have the opportunity to grow the program and reach thousands of students with disabilities across the country,” explains Peter Burke, AMI Vice-President of Marketing and Communications. “Furthermore, we recently launched our French channel, AMI-télé, last December so it’s vitally important that we reach students with disabilities in our francophone communities. We’re pleased to offer the AMI Scholarship program in both official languages for the first time in 2015.”

"Holly Bartlett was loved by all who knew her", said Frank Smith, NEADS' National Coordinator. "It was my privilege and pleasure to work with Holly while she served on our Board of Directors. Holly's accomplishments, in a life that was way too short, were phenomenal. We believe that the Holly Bartlett Memorial Award is a fitting tribute because it will help other students with disabilities realize success in post-secondary education. This is the fifth year for the Award in Holly's memory." NEADS has given out 8 Holly Bartlett Awards since the inception of this program.

Mahadeo Sukhai, said of the Christine Nieder Memorial Award: “Christine was a valued part of NEADS, and the National Graduate Experience Taskforce, as well as an important contributor to our work nationally and in British Columbia, and a good friend. We honour her legacy and her passion for research and volunteerism with this new award.”

Apply for all programs through the NEADS website:

For more information:

Frank Smith, National Coordinator
National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
Rm. 426 Unicentre, Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
tel. (613) 380-8065 ext. 201

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