NEADS National Student Awards Program

This page lists the various scholarships and awards available to students with disabilities through NEADS. 

Amount: Varies (see below)

Number Available: Varies (see below)

Deadline: May 31st 2022

The NEADS National Student Awards Program is offered to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons with disabilities, who often have greater barriers to participation in higher education, as well as extra costs because of their disabilities. Students must currently be registered in and continuing at post-secondary institution and provide documented proof of registration as part of the application and on receipt of the award. These awards provide funding to students in all fields of study and are the only programs of their kind in the country that recognize the academic and community achievements of post-secondary students with disabilities.

The award will be offered to outstanding applicants who meet the criteria of the program. The awards are paid directly to the post-secondary institution (in the students accounts) that the recipients are attending to defray the cost of tuition fees for post-secondary study.

Types of awards available

The National Student Awards Program, currently in its seventh year, has received more than 1,000 applications, and has awarded 63 scholarships to date to outstanding applicants across the country. The NEADS National Student Awards Program supports disabled students, who often need additional financial assistance to be successful in their studies due in part to accommodating their needs in the campus setting. The scholarships in the NEADS National Student Awards Program are valued at $3,000 each, and are tuition awards, payable directly to the students school.

The Holly Bartlett Memorial Award was established in memory of former NEADS board member Holly Bartlett, who passed away in March, 2010. The award was created the following year and is a $1,000 scholarship awarded each year by the Association, with the same criteria as the NEADS Student Awards Program.

The Christine Nieder Memorial Award was established in 2015 to commemorate the life and contributions of Ms. Christine Nieder, NEADS Board member, who passed away in July 2014. The award will be offered to a graduate student with a disability in the amount of $1,000 in recognition of Christine’s passionate work to address barriers faced to participation in graduate programs of study.

Canada Post Award

The Canada Post Student Award supports outstanding scholarships 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.  


  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
  • Applicants must have a permanent disability*
  • Applicants must be currently registered in and returning to a full-time program of study at an accredited Canadian post-secondary college or university. Full-time status is at least 40% of a full course load.

*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.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Self-advocacy
  • Strong commitment to your academic discipline
  • Exemplary record of volunteerism and/or employment
  • Demonstrated potential to be an outstanding participant in the community

How to Apply

Apply online here

Once your application has been submitted, it will be reviewed for completeness and adherence to the above guidelines. Assuming all guidelines are met, selection committees review applications based on the selection criteria described above.

Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected to receive an award will be contacted. Recipients will be contacted by mid-November.

See also the Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

For any inquiries pertaining to the application process please contact Lauren Gravis, Director of Student Awards at:


See Also:

Related: AMI Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarship

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