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Kyle Stapp

Program Director

Eligible to Learn Scholarships

For Students with a Disability

Two $1,250 scholarships awarded each Fall and Spring

Fall Deadline: July 31, 2016

Award Date: August 15, 2016

To be eligible for this scholarship award, applicants must be:

  • Permanent U.S. Resident
  • Enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited higher education program by the fall semester of 2016
  • Have a physical disability as defined under the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA)

How to apply:

Starting on April 25, 2016 at 8 a.m. PST, interested students are encouraged to apply by submitting their application on this page or sending their submission via email to scholarships@eligibility.com. The application for the Fall 2016 scholarship will close on July 31st, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST and will be awarded by August 15, 2016.

Applicants must complete all parts of the online application, or, if submitting via email, applicants must include all of the following information in order to qualify for consideration:

  • His or her first and last name
  • Valid email address
  • Permanent mailing address
  • Date of birth
  • Institution to be attended Fall 2016
  • Area of study
  • Anticipated college graduation date (month/year)
  • 500-1000 word essay in response to the prompt below

Finalists will be contacted directly via email or phone and asked for a series of documentation to verify eligibility.

Awards will be given based on the following criteria:

The essay should fully answer the question: "How has your physical disability positively affected the pursuit of your academic or professional goals?"

A panel of judges will review the applications. Essays will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Submissions must be 500 – 1000 words
  • Applicants must follow the essay prompt
  • Applicants should discuss no less than 1 and no more than 3 personal/professional goal(s)

See Official Rules for full essay requirements.

Winners will each receive a one-time scholarship check of $1,250 to be used for future educational expenses.

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Official Rules:

No purchase necessary. The Eligible to Learn Scholarship is open to any citizen and/or resident of the United States (and its territories and possessions) who will be enrolled at an accredited institution of higher learning full-time for Fall Semester 2016. All other entries will be disqualified.

Each student may only submit one entry. If it is determined that a participant has entered with more than one identity, all of the participant’s submissions will be disqualified.

Application period starts on April 25, 2016 at 8 a.m. PST. Winners will be notified via email on August 15th. Scholarship money will be awarded no later than October 1st.

All portions of the application must be answered, attaching all requested documents.

Failure to fully answer the essay question or provide all documentation could deem an application ineligible.

The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a physical disability as such: “An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.”

To be considered for the scholarship, all applicants must meet this definition with their own physical disability.

Once submitted, no confirmation email will be sent to the applicant and any other requests related to the application will not guarantee a response from Eligibility.com.

No notification will be sent to non-winning applicants.

The essay must have a title and be written in English.

Essays must be original and factually accurate, and they must not be in the public domain. The submission of false information will result in automatic disqualification. By submitting an essay to the Eligible to Learn Scholarship, each student acknowledges his or her understanding of and compliance with these rules. Eligibility.com reserves the right to disqualify any entry deemed inappropriate for publication per the company's discretion.

All entries must be received no later than July 31st, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PST to be eligible for the contest.

Scholarship awards are non-transferable. Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes. Winners must provide a valid street address to which Eligibility.com can mail the winners their scholarship check, a publicity release, and complete a W-9 for tax purposes in order to qualify for receipt of the scholarship award in the amount of $1,250.

**All essays and all rights to their publication become the property of Eligibility.com, which may use, edit and excerpt these entries for purposes promotional or otherwise, including placing them online without compensation, additional or otherwise. Eligibility.com reserves the right to use winners’ names and other basic information in any advertising or promotional materials relating to this competition without further notification, permission, or compensation to the winners, except where prohibited by law.

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