Mattinson Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

The Mattinson Scholarship for Students with Disabilities is a national scholarship available to students with disabilities. 

Amount: $2000

Number Available: 4*

Deadline: June 7th, 2023, 1PM EST

The Mattinson Scholarship for Students with Disabilities is administered by Scholarship Partners Canada (SPC), a division of Universities Canada.

Objective: To encourage Canadian students with permanent disabilities to pursue university studies with the ultimate objective of obtaining a first undergraduate degree. Member institutions may only submit one nomination.

*Up to four (4) scholarships at the bachelor level, distributed as follows:

  • One (1) in the category of Physical Disability
  • One (1) in the category of Sensory Disability
  • Two (2) in any of the following categories: Physical Disability, Sensory Disability, Mental Health Disability, and Learning Disability

The Mattinson Scholarship program guidelines document provides definitions for these terms.


Applicants must:

  • be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • be diagnosed with a permanent disability which is documented and is the primary disability for which they are applying
  • be in full-time studies towards a first bachelor degree program
    • students with a permanent disability who are on a reduced course load are considered full-time students so long as they are considered full time by their institution
    • program must be of a minimum of 3 years in duration
  • be enrolled in their second or third standing year of studies during the 2023-2024 academic year
  • have a minimum cumulative average of 80% (or equivalent) over the last three (3) terms of available marks (non-academic courses such as career or personal development related courses will not be considered)

There are no restrictions on the program of study or discipline. University preparatory programs in any jurisdiction are not eligible (e.g. CEGEPs – pre-university diploma).

Further notes on eligibility and restrictions can be found in the Mattinson Scholarship program guidelines. You can view the list of member universities on the Universities Canada website.

How to Apply

Applications must be completed and submitted by the student:

  • The complete application and all supporting documents must be submitted by the deadline
  • Submit an online application by visiting
  • Supporting documentation should include:
    • the endorsement form, completed by a representative of the applicant’s university disabilities’ center
    • reference letters
      • Academic: one letter must come from a past or present teacher who knows the applicant and is familiar with their academic history
      • Extracurricular: one letter must come from a person who is familiar with the applicant’s volunteer, community involvement and/or extracurricular activities and must not be the same individual who provided the academic reference
    • transcript of the last three (3) terms of available marks
  • Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email following processing by SPC

Full details of all required supporting documentation can be found in the Mattinson Scholarship program guidelines.

Applicants will need to add to their safe senders in their junk email options so that they can receive important messages from SPC.

Selection & Payment

Evaluation criteria:

  • Academic performance
  • Volunteer/community involvement and/or extracurricular activities
  • Quality and relevance of the reference letters

Successful applicants will receive confirmation of their scholarship in August. Recipients will be required to complete the online scholarship acceptance process and forward any required documentation such as proof of registration from the educational institution they will be attending. It is the responsibility of the recipient to keep SPC informed of any changes to their contact information through the online portal.

Scholarship payment will only be issued upon completion of the scholarship acceptance process and
review and acceptance of all required supporting documentation by SPC. SPC will forward payment of the scholarship to the student. Note that, depending on method of payment, receipt of payment can take 6-8 weeks following the applicant’s acceptance of the award or submission of the online renewal.

Payment will be made in two (2) installments – one for each regular academic semester. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that payment of tuition fees is made within the defined timeframe set by the educational institution regardless of the timing of the scholarship payment.

Award recipients will receive a T4A receipt from SPC showing the full amount of the award paid to them during a calendar year.

Contact Information

Telephone: (613) 563-1236

Toll free: 1-844-567-1237


Mailing address:

Scholarship Partners Canada

Ref: Mattinson Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities

1710-350 Albert Street

Ottawa ON K1R 1B1

See Also

Source: the Mattinson Scholarship 2023 program guidelines document available through the Universities Canada scholarship portal

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Last Updated: 2024-06-13