Student Awards


Student Awards

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Students with Disabilities

There are a range of financial assistance and services available to students with disabilities at Queen's. Students are encouraged to contact Queen's Student Accessibility Services on campus.

Federal Government Assistance for Students with Disabilities:

The federal government provides grant assistance through the Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities and the Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities.  

Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities

Under this grant, students with permanent disabilities may receive up to $2,000 per academic year to help cover the costs of accommodations, tuition, books, etc.

The application process for this grant differs in each province and territory. To ensure you meet all the eligibility and application requirements contact your provincial or territorial student financial assistance office.

Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities

This grant provides full-time and part-time students with permanent disabilities non-repayable assistance with costs associated with their disability. Students must have applied and be eligible for either full-time or part-time government student assistance from their home province or territory.

Ontario Government Assistance:

The province of Ontario also provides additional grant assistance through the Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD).

Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD)

The Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) (provincial) (and the federal Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities) is designed to help Ontario students with a permanent disability cover the costs of education-related equipment and/or services. To be eligible students must have applied for government student financial assistance through one of the following programs and qualified for at least one dollar need:

  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • Canada Student Loan
  • Part-time Canada Student Loan/High Need Part-Time Canada Student Grant Program
  • Ontario Special Bursary

Students must be registered with Queen's Student Accessibility Services to determine their eligibility for BSWD (some restrictions apply).

Please visit the Students in Special Circumstances section of the OSAP website for additional information on Ontario Government assistance for students with disabilities.

Assistance through Queen's:

All registered Queen's students (including students with disabilities) may qualify for both merit and need based funding. Please visit the following sections of the Student Awards website for further information:

Additional Resources:

In addition to funding options through the government student assistance and Queen's University, students may wish to explore options through the following organizations:

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students

This is the most current and comprehensive guide on financial aid for Canadian college and university students with disabilities.

Universities Canada Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

This scholarship program is administered by Universities Canada (formerly Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and is applicable towards full-time studies leading to a first undergraduate degree. Applicants who already hold an undergraduate degree are ineligible.

Mattinson Endowment Fund Scholarship for Disabled Students

This scholarship program is administered by Universities Canada (formerly AUCC).

Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO)

The LDAO administers the following awards. Applications are available on the LDAO website shortly after February of each year and are granted annually in August.

Roy Cooper Scholarship Award for a Student with a Learning Disability

An annual scholarship award in the name of a long serving LDAO Board Member, Roy Cooper, to a high school student who has a documented Learning Disability and will be attending a university or college, majoring in an engineering and/or physical sciences discipline. Mr. Cooper spent his working life in the engineering/physical sciences field and, as a parent of an adult with learning disabilities, has spent over 30 years volunteering at the local, provincial and national levels of the Learning Disability Association. He will take an active role in the awarding process.

Gloria Landis Memorial Bursary

Established in memory of Gloria Landis for her significant contributions to LDAO and her community on behalf of individuals with learning disabilities. One bursary will be awarded annually to a mature individual with learning disabilities, enrolled in a postsecondary program or accredited vocational institute, who has been absent from full-time education for a period of three years.