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ChairScholars National Scholarship Program

The ChairScholars National Scholarship Program provides eligible high school seniors and college freshmen up to $20,000 for tuition to attend the college or university of their choice.

National ChairScholar recipients are bright and ambitious students, who have overcome the challenge of their disability by focusing on the goal to excel academically, and become instrumental members of their communities. They are the next generation of leaders.

Fifteen to twenty new students are taken yearly and are given $1,000-5,000 per year for each college year to a maximum of $20,000 total. About 150 applicants apply yearly.

To qualify for a National Scholarship, the student must:

1. Have a serious physical challenge and may or may not use a wheelchair for mobility. The physical challenge must be significant and affect activities of daily living. No minor disability will be considered.
2. Must have verifiable unmet financial need.
3. Must have at least a B average.
4. Must be a high school senior or college undergrad. We do not fund graduate studies.
5. Show some form of significant community service or social contribution in the past.

Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, creed, or religion.

Fields of Study:

  • Arts and Creative Fields
  • Business and Law
  • Education
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Study


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident
  • Citizen of another country

Program Length:

  • Multi-year


  • April 15 

Special Considerations:

  • Extreme financial need
  • Disabilities

Degree Level:

  • Undergrad


  • $1,000 - $5,000/college year up to $20,000