Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Six scholarships for students with disabilities who are currently enrolled at the University of Maine are made available during the school year.

Applications for the scholarships are accepted toward the end of each Fall semester. A committee reviews the scholarship essays and selects the awardees prior to finals week.

To be sure to receive all up to date scholarship information, students should contact Disability Support Services to be put on the scholarship email list.

Below are descriptions of the scholarships available:

Class of 1963 Scholarship: Open to any disability.

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

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.


  • 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
  • Candidate must be enrolled for current semester.
  • Financial need.


  • Typed essay (with your name on the essay – not to exceed one page)
  • In your essay, please explain:
    • The nature of your disability and how you have learned to deal with it as a student here at the University of Maine.
    • What field you hope to pursue upon completion of your studies.
    • How you intend to utilize the scholarship
    • For those applying for the Maine Vocational Rehabilitation Thank You Scholarship, please indicate the nature of your support from Vocational Rehabilitation (tuition, books, transportation, etc.)
    • Those applying for the scholarship to support equipment must provide an estimate or quote from a reputable vendor.
  • Feel free to include any other information you wish
  • One letter of recommendation is required (letters preferred from employers, professors, co-workers etc., not from family members please)
  • Students may apply for more than one scholarship but only one essay needs to be submitted.

Email completed application to:

or send a copy to:

Student Accessibility Services, University of Maine
5725 East Annex – room 121
Orono, Maine 04469-5725


There are also scholarships for students with disabilities available through the Springboard Foundation:



An additional scholarship is available from Preply, an online language tutoring platform.
They have launched a scholarship program for individuals with learning disabilities, and want to invite the students of University of Maine to apply for it. This year, they will award $3.000, $1.500, and $750 to the 3 best applicants. Winners can use the money to cover their educational expenses or to learn a language.
Below are the general conditions and eligibility requirements:
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate student with a documented language learning or reading disability.
  • 16-35 years old.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5.
  • To apply, a student should submit a short video explaining why they’re the best candidate for this scholarship (we do not publish the video and keep it private).
  • The video submission should be logically related to the following topics: “Overcoming cognitive disabilities” and “Learning foreign languages”.

Clickable link to the Preply scholarship web page



Preply also has a page listing many scholarship programs for students with disabilies.

Clickable link to list of scholarships on Preply website