Services for Students with Disabilities

Managed through the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF), this scholarship provides two $2,000 awards each year to University of Michigan students with learning or physical disabilities.

The scholarships are awarded to students having the qualities of Burt Black:

  • Optimism, determination, courage, and a zest for life
  • Involvement in school and community
  • Perseverance in academic achievement

The awards may be used for tuition, books, or other educational expenses related to disability accommodations.


Students applying for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled at U-M for both Fall 2020 and Winter 2021
  • Have a learning or physical disability with documentation on file with SSD

The scholarship committee will consider the following when reviewing applicants:

  • Impact of disability
  • Academic achievement
  • Qualities of optimism, determination, and courage
  • Demonstrated involvement in school and community

Submit your application here.

This application is open from August 27th to September 27th and closes at midnight.

Selected applicants will be notified at the end of October.

Direct any questions to the SSD office at 734.763.3000.

We are grateful to the family of Burt Black for these generous awards as well as to the AAACF for their expert management.