Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

The Weingarten Center accepts scholarship applications year-round from Penn students registered with Disability Services for the following types of expenses:

  • Tuition based upon financial need

  • Psychological/neuropsychological testing

  • Summer internships

  • Summer coursework

  • Equipment or services related to a physical disability

  • Assistive technology

Although a student is registered with Disability Services as having a disability, this does not mean that the student necessarily qualifies for, or will be selected to receive, a scholarship. The Scholarship Committee reviews applications and makes award decisions in accordance with the eligibility criteria for each scholarship fund and the availability of funds.

Scholarship Application Process

  • The scholarship committee meets monthly and will only review complete scholarship applications.

  • Demonstrated financial need is determined by Student Financial Services’ financial aid policy.

  • Please feel free to discuss scholarship opportunities with a member of the Disability Services staff by scheduling an appointment through MyWeingartenCenter. Note: Although a staff member recommends that the student applies for a scholarship, this does not guarantee that the student will receive a scholarship.

Weingarten Center Scholarship Funds

E. Lois Bateman Scholarship Fund

For full-time students with disabilities to defray tuition and related expenses.

William and Carol Browne Summer Scholarship Fund

For undergraduate students with documented disabilities and demonstrated financial need who require a revised academic course roster that includes summer study at Penn and who would otherwise not be able to afford the cost of summer study. Recipients are encouraged to work closely with both Disabilities Services and the Office of Learning Resources concurrent with summer studies.

Learning Disabilities Testing Fund

For undergraduate, graduate and professional students with demonstrated financial need who require testing to identify a disability. Students must meet with an SDS staff person to determine that such testing is recommended.

Newcombe Foundation Class of 75 Fund

Provides partial tuition scholarships for a semester or an academic year for students with documented disabilities and demonstrated financial need. Also provides support scholarships for off-campus internships or work experience that relates to a course of study and enhances qualifications for future employment. On-campus internships will qualify if required by the disability.

Dr. Joseph W. & Ethel Darby Noble Scholarship Fund

For financial aid-eligible undergraduate or graduate students who are blind or have low vision to defray qualified tuition and related expenses.

The Pennsylvania Institution for the Blind Scholarship Fund

To support financial aid-eligible undergraduate or graduate students who are blind or have low vision, including but not limited to the purchase of adaptive equipment. Preference is given to students who have attended the Overbrook School for the Blind and those pursing degrees in Art or Music.

Philip Fulmer Scholarship Fund

For undergraduate or graduate students who are blind or have low vision.

Richard and Marjorie Schneidman Fund

For students with documented physical disabilities and demonstrated financial need to off-set expenses over and above tuition, room and board, in areas such as attendant services, adapted equipment, work experience, and library or typing assistance.