Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is very fortunate to make available a series of six scholarships for students with disabilities. Working with the Office of Financial Aid, SAS is now using Scholarship Universe as a mechanism for matching and awarding our scholarships to students. 

Students who are interested in being considered a match for all SAS scholarships will need to set up a profile in Scholarship Universe and will need to answer a series of questions specific to disability status and also meet other eligibility criteria. Specific eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Must have a Grade Point Average of 2.5. 
  • Must be enrolled at least part-time in a 2 or 4 year degree program:
    Undergraduate – 6 credit hours
    Graduate – 3 credit hours 
  • Candidates must be enrolled for the current semester. 
  • Financial need. 

Applications, essays, and letters of recommendation are no longer required. All decisions about scholarship awards will be made through the Scholarship Universe matching system. Students will be unable to search for any SAS scholarships from within Scholarship Universe because SAS scholarships are no longer application based. 

For more information on how to meet eligibility for SAS scholarships, please visit the Office of Financial Aid’s website about Scholarship Universe. Their website includes information on how to set up a profile and more. Students will need to answer any disability related questions within Scholarship Universe and also meet other scholarship eligibility listed above in order to be matched as potential candidates for our scholarships.


Here is a list of SAS scholarships with their descriptions:

Class of 1963 Scholarship: Open to any disability.

Albert Conley Scholarship: Preference given to students with speech or language disabilities.

Maine Vocational Rehabilitation Thank You Scholarship: Designed for students enrolled in State of Maine Vocational Rehabilitation.

Veronica Barry Scholarship: Preference will be given to students with physical disabilities who may have specific equipment needs.  Students with general assistance needs will also be considered.  Veronica Berry applicants must provide an estimate or quote of the equipment’s cost from a reputable vendor.

Henriette C. Murphy Scholarship: Open to all undergraduate students with disabilities meeting the following GPA and enrollment criteria. Given by her family to honor, Henriette, and her dedication and lifelong work with persons with disabilities.

Harrison C. Sylvester ’55 Family Scholarship: Established in the University of Maine Foundation for the benefit of the University of Maine with a gift from Janet Mayo Sylvester ’56.  Janet established the fund in honor of her late husband’s experiences as a successful mechanical engineer, business owner, boat builder, and President of the Learning Disability Association of America.  Preference is given to students with dyslexia majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  SAS will contact eligible students directly.