Your questions on Cerebral Palsy grant / scholarships answered
The journey towards continued education can be profoundly transformative for people living with cerebral palsy, who often encounter additional challenges along the way. Thankfully, a wealth of support exists to help navigate these hurdles, although finding and accessing the right financial assistance and eligible scholarships can be a challenge in itself.
In Australia, there are a range of cerebral palsy grants and scholarships. We have university specific scholarships, government-funded programs such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and private scholarships, such as Maples, that can provide financial assistance, vocational support, access to assistive technology and more.
Our mission at Maple is to bridge the gap, connecting you to a diverse array of funding sources. Whether you’re just starting your academic journey or looking to further your studies, our goal is to support you in transforming your educational aspirations into reality.
What scholarships are available for students with disabilities in Australia?
Maple Scholarship program
Maple Community Services offers 7 scholarships a year to people within the community services sphere. Our aim is to provide you with the finances to support your aspirations into higher education. These scholarships are open to those who identify as having a disability such as cerebral palsy, as well as individuals who choose a path to work towards a better future for our disability community.
Scholarships available from Maple Services include:
- Maple Emerging Talent Scholarship worth $5000 a year, designed to assist one Maple staff member or client in the Maple family to grow and expand their education.
- Maple Equality & Inclusion Scholarship worth $5000 a year, established to help provide one recipient living with a disability in Australia to gain greater access to affordable educational opportunities.
- Maple Youth Empowerment Scholarship offers 5 young recipients aged between 12 and 21 years a total of $1000 a year to help them to achieve greater access to affordable educational opportunities.
Your scholarship funds can be used to assist with tertiary study costs such as library and internet charges, purchase of textbooks, on campus accommodation, transport costs, computer hardware, personal support and more. To apply, download the associated application form and submit it along with your supporting documentation through the Maple website.
Government funded scholarships
The Australian government provides programs that support students with disabilities. This support can include financial aid catering to unique learning needs, support during learning, funds for assistive technology, and resources for suitable accommodation.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a government initiative that funds supports and services for various aspects of daily life, including the pursuit of education, for those living with disabilities.
University specific scholarships
Many Australian universities offer scholarships tailored for students with disabilities. These can cover a range of support including financial assistance for educational materials, tuition fee waivers, and access to support services. Since offerings vary by university, it’s advisable to contact the universities you are interested in to inquire about available scholarships, their specific criteria and the application process.
Private and community scholarships
Several private entities, foundations and community organisations also offer scholarships for students with disabilities. These might be oriented towards specific study areas, geographic regions, or certain disability types.
For instance, the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship, annually aids five students with a permanent physical disability who study primarily on campus. Another option is the Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund offering bi-annual grants to support the continued education of people living with disabilities. Applicants for this fund are encouraged to include a personal letter with their application form to highlight their educational aspirations.
There are also grants and scholarships available to those who work towards the cause of a better future for those living with cerebral palsy, such as:
Cerebral palsy scholarships
Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the Charles Sturt Foundation have established a Foundation scholarship program for Allied Health students supporting one student from each discipline of Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Physiotherapy.
Cerebral palsy alliance grants
The Research Foundation of Cerebral Palsy Alliance PhD Researcher Grants are provided to researchers, clinicians and medical experts whose projects deliver on CPA’s mission.
How can the NDIS help with students living with cerebral palsy?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia plays a crucial role in supporting students with cerebral palsy, aiming to enrich your educational journey and overall quality of life. While the NDIS doesn’t cover school fees, it offers specific supports tailored to the unique needs of students, including:
- Educational support and assistance – funding for supports linked to a students’ disability and outside the schools usual responsibilities, like a support worker in the classroom or during school activities.
- Supported Independent Living (SIL) – For students who need to relocate closer to their educational institution, the NDIS offers funding for accessible living options. Detailed information about these options can be found on our Supported Independent Living pages, highlighting available services and supports.
- Assistive technology – The NDIS provides funds for technology that aids learning, such as communication devices, educational software, and adaptive computer equipment.
- Transportation – If a student’s disability makes public transport use challenging, the NDIS may fund alternative transportation arrangements to and from school.
- Capacity building – This includes programs designed to enhance social skills, life skills training, and support for transitions from school to higher education or employment.
Collaboration with schools – The NDIS collaborates with educational institutions to ensure the provided supports align with the students educational objectives and are seamlessly integrated into their school experience.
If you’re thinking about going back to school or transitioning to higher education while managing cerebral palsy and are curious about potential financial assistance options, our team of experts at Maple are here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out for guidance and information on the support available to you.
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