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 $2,000 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. 

Contact: Cortney Totty,

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.

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

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. 

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.

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, impact of disability, funding received from Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Council for the Blind or other rehabilitation agency, graduate or undergraduate status. 

Contact: Adrianna Andre,

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. 

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

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Scholarship Program 

Disability: Spinal Cord Injuries 

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation “was established in 2002 as a private foundation dedicated to spinal cord injury (SCI) research and quality of life programs for people living with SCI. Mr. Neilsen lived with a high-level spinal cord injury for twenty-one years until his passing in 2006. He was a visionary with an entrepreneurial spirit who led his companies with inexhaustible passion. Craig Neilsen wanted his foundation to contribute in a significant way to SCI research and to offer those with SCI the quality of life they deserve.” As a recipient of the Craig H. Neilsen Scholarship Program, his vision can hopefully continue through you in its dedication for individuals with spinal cord injuries to live full and productive lives as active participants in their communities.” All University of Michigan students (including Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses) are eligible to apply for the Neilsen Scholarship Program. Funding decisions would come through in late Summer/early Fall term.

Here is a Newsletter article detailing our 2018 NSP recipients:

Please Contact: Megan Marshall at or (734) 763-3001 about this scholarship before getting too far into the application process.