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Athabasca University Access Fund for Students with Disabilities and Other Awards

There are a variety of awards and bursaries available to students with diverse needs who meet eligibility criteria. Athabasca University has created three (3) different awards offered to students registered with Access to Students with Disabilities (ASD). Also on this page are other AU Awards and external award resource listings.

AU Access Fund for Students with Disabilities

Donor: Emil C. Fredericks
Value: Up to 1500
Number Awarded: Varies
Annual Application Deadline: October 15th

Students must have an identified learning, physical, or mental disability. A disability is a functional limitation resulting from physical, sensory or mental impairment, which, for an indefinite period, affects the ability of the student to perform the activities necessary to participate fully in post-secondary learning.

Candidates must be participating in undergraduate or graduate coursework at Athabasca University. Preference will be given to students in an AU degree, diploma, or certificate program who have made noteworthy progress toward graduation and who have an identified financial need for funding assistance.

Please see Athabasca University Scholarship and Awards site for application form

Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

AU Access to Students with Disabilities Education Bursary

Donor: Athabasca University
Value: A credit for one 3 credit course at an undergraduate or masters level.
Number Awarded: Varies
Annual Application Deadline: October 15th

Awarded to a student, or potential student, with an identified learning, physical, or mental disability. A disability is a functional limitation resulting from a physical, sensory, or mental impairment, which, for an indefinite period, affects the ability of the student to perform the activities necessary to participate fully in post-secondary learning.

Applicants must have expressed significant determination to commence studies at AU but be in such desperate financial privation, that investing in personal education is monetarily impossible, as confirmed by the ASD Office.

Please see Athabasca University Scholarship and Awards site for application form

Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit.

AU Access To Students with Disabilities Technology & Support Service Bursary

Donor: Athabasca University

Value: Varies - Maximum single award will not exceed $4,000

Number Awarded: Varies

Annual Application Deadline:

October 15th

Awarded to Athabasca University students that have an identified learning, physical, or mental disability. A disability is a functional limitation resulting from a physical, sensory, or mental impairment, which, for an indefinite period, affects the ability of the student to perform the activities necessary to participate fully in post-secondary learning. Preference will be given to students who are not eligible for alternative funding sources via the 'Canadian Studies Grant for Students with Disabilities' or 'Employability Assistance for Persons with Disabilities'.

Conditions of Eligibility
An applicant must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this award:

  • Be a current Athabasca University undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Have an identified learning, physical, or mental disability, as defined in the description of the bursaries above.
  • Student must be registered with the AU – Access for Students with Disabilities Office.
  • Availability of alternative funding sources
  • Demonstration of financial need
  • Verified need for technology and/or support services
  • Appropriateness of the technology and/or support services as determined by the Assistive Technologist, and/or ASD Office.
  • A vendor quotation that supports the requests for ASD technology or support service expenditures
  • Submission of the fully completed application, and required enclosures, to the Student Awards Administrative Assistant within the Office of the Registrar at AU, by the deadline

Preference will be given to students who are not eligible for alternative funding sources via the 'Canadian Studies Grant for Students with Disabilities' or 'Employability Assistance for Persons with Disabilities'.

Please see Athabasca University Scholarship and Awards site for application form

Apply by submitting a completed application to the Student Awards Unit

Other AU and External Award Information

An alphabetic listing of all the scholarships and awards offered by Athabasca University http://www2.athabascau.ca/studentawards/alpha.php

Information about the Student Awards Unit including a Award Finder tool are available at: http://www.athabascau.ca/registrar/studawrds.php

Other external scholarships and awards listing that you may be eligible for, that AU does not administer can be found here:  www.athabascau.ca/registrar/studawrds/links.php

A directory of funding programs, scholarships and awards that are available to students with disabilities is published on the Web through the National Educational Association of Disabled Students, (NEADS).

ASD will assist with specified documentation requirements (Contact the ASD office.)

Updated October 11 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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