Services for Students with Disabilities

Burt Black Memorial Scholarship

Disability: Physical Disabilities and/or Learning Disabilities (not ADHD)

Managed through the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF), this scholarship provides two $2,500 awards each year to University of Michigan students with learning or physical disabilities who embody the qualities of optimism, determination, courage, and a zest for life; have demonstrated involvement in school and community; and have persevered in academic achievement. 

Deadline: Friday, September 21, 2018

Contact: Cortney Totty,

The FACT Fund

Disability: Learning Disabilities (not ADHD)

The FACT fund has been established to assist University of Michigan students registered with SSD in obtaining needed technology in order to increase learning and academic achievement. Individual technology grants are specifically aimed at undergraduate, graduate and professional students with Learning Disabilities.

Fill out the FACT Fund application.

Forbes Family Fund

Disability: Learning Disabilities (not ADHD)

The Forbes Family Fund is for U-M SSD registered students who have specific learning disabilities (LD) and are in need of technological equipment to augment their academic success. Students can apply for grants up to $1,000. Students can only receive this award once during their tenure at the University.

Contact: Alfred Kellam, (734) 615-0641

Saul and Shirley Lederer Award

Disability: Physical disabilities (hearing, visual, mobility impairments)

This award of $1,000 each is given annually to two U-M SSD registered recipients who have physical disabilities (hearing, visual, and/or mobility impairments) and are active in their University community. 

Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2018, 12:00pm (Noon)

Contact: Jill Rice, (734) 615-4461

Nabi Family Scholarship

Disability: Learning Disabilities (not ADHD)

Two awards of $4,000 will be given to U-M SSD registered students with learning disabilities (LD). To apply for this scholarship, the recipient(s) will need to demonstrate financial need and include a personal statement as to how this scholarship will benefit them in their academic career.

Deadline: Friday, September 29, 2017

Fill out the Nabi Scholarship Application.

Jessie Ridley Foundation Scholarship

Disability: Chronic health conditions, hearing, visual or mobility impairment

The Jessie Ridley Foundation Scholarships are typically awarded to six to seven U-M SSD registered students who have chronic health, visual, hearing or mobility impairment. The following will be considered when awarding scholarship: financial need, parental income, type of disability, funding received from Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Council for the Blind or other rehabilitation agency, graduate or undergraduate status. 

Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017

Contact: Mary Reilly, (734) 763-3035

Wesley Smith Memorial Award

Disability: Deaf / hard of hearing

This $500 award is given annually to one U-M SSD registered recipient who is deaf or hard of hearing. 

Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2018 12PM (Noon)

Contact: Jill Rice,, (734) 615-4461

Beverly J. Waterman Scholarship

Disability: Deaf / hard of hearing

The Beverly J. Waterman scholarship is open to fulltime students who are in good academic standing and are Deaf or hard of hearing. Four $1500 scholarships will be awarded.

Contact: Jill Rice,, (734) 615-4461

Wolens Speech and Language Fund

Disability: Speech dysfluency (stuttering)

On behalf of a very generous donor, SSD has set up a fund for students who stutter. The goal of this fund is to offer assistance and support to those who have speech dysfluency commonly known as stuttering.  Students with this condition can receive adaptive technology, tutoring, and professional networking opportunities through the funding support given by this donor.

For more information, please contact the SSD office at (734) 763-3000 or email