The Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities

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The Washington Center Scholarship for Students with DisabilitiesFunded by the AT&T Foundation, these awards provide housing assistance in varying amounts to competitively selected students who self-identify as having a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Priority consideration is given to undergraduate students; however, Postgraduate Professional Development Program applicants may be considered.


Kessler Foundation ScholarshipsA limited number of full scholarships will also be competitively awarded to students who attend New Jersey institutions and self-identify as having a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For this award, students may be asked for a brief personal statement. Students interested in the Kessler Scholarship who attend a New Jersey institution are encouraged to email us at for more information. For 2014, this award is restricted to the summer.


Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Scholarships

Partial scholarships will be competitively awarded to students who self-identify as having a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation has also provided funding to provide targeted workforce development services for students with disabilities. Learn more about this partnership.


Identifying Disabilities

The Washington Center actively works with students to provide reasonable accommodations on a wide spectrum of disabilities that fall under ADA guidelines. Examples of disabilities that TWC has accommodated include but are not limited to:


  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Learning disabilities
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Major depression
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair
  • Intellectual disability
  • Mobility impairments


  • Complete and submit a TWC application by the regular deadline.
  • Qualifying students will earn scholarships that help to offset the cost of participation.
  • Although amounts vary, most scholarships are between $500 and $4,000. To be considered for a scholarship, students should:
    • Indicate interest on the scholarships section of the application.
    • Provide TWC with documentation from a physician or campus disability services office.
    • Upon acceptance, return to the student portal to complete the disability services application if services are required.

For more information about our scholarship offerings, contact us at

Scholars Testimonials

Andrew Rojek, Summer '14 Coca-Cola Company Scholar

“The Washington Center has challenged me to not limit myself in what I study. After learning all that it has to offer, I need to expand my skill set and gather more experience in order to make it in this field…This realization has taught me to pursue more than what’s in the classroom.”



William Uditsky '13

"TWC gave me the knowledge and resources to start my career in the public sector."

Read the complete testimonial here


For more information, download the Disabilities one pager here.

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