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$20,000 Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Graduate students with disabilities often encounter financial barriers due in part to the high cost of adaptive aids, technologies and resources needed to enable their studies. TD Bank started funding scholarships at Toronto Rehab in 2005 to support graduate students with disabilities. TD has renewed their commitment with a new $1-million investment to help establish a permanent endowment that will ensure this program continues at Toronto Rehab indefinitely.

“Involvement in the community and enabling people to do their very best work, no matter what the obstacle, is very much in line with TD's values” said Scott Sullivan, Vice President, TD Bank Group. “Establishing the TD Graduate Scholarship for People with Disabilities at Toronto Rehab is about helping exceptional students and researchers target their ingenuity and curiosity to help make the world an easier place to navigate for people with a disability"

“This scholarship makes the difference between success and not even trying – it removes obstacles which individuals with disabilities face and which can prevent them from pursuing graduate studies” says Institute Director, Dr Milos Popovic. “They are able to engage in a graduate program on an equal footing with other students while managing the demands of academic life. They can realise their full academic potential by hiring tutors and accessing enabling software tools”.

This support from TD Bank allows Toronto Rehab to offer scholarships of up to $20,000 to graduate students with disabilities. An individual supplement for educational expenses that are incurred as a result of the student’s disability is also available. Applicants must have a disability and plan to be enrolled in a rehabilitation-related graduate program leading to a masters or doctoral degree at one of the eligible universities: McMaster University, Ryerson University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and York University. Applications are also encouraged from international students and final year undergraduate students enrolled in/applying to the eligible institutions.

Fields of study must relate to rehabilitation but are not limited to any particular discipline for e.g. Engineering, Social Work, Psychology, Medicine, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Kinesiology, Recreation and Music Therapy, Nutrition, Pharmacology, Speech-Language Pathology, Biostatistics, Chemistry, Physics, Telecommunications, Architecture, and Public Policy and Administration, to name a few.

The next round of Scholarships will be awarded for the 2018/19 academic year, with an application deadline of June 29, 2018. For more details, including eligibility criteria and application procedures, visit or contact Lois Ward at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /416 597-3422, ext. 7600.

As the #1 rehabilitation research centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute is revolutionizing rehabilitation by helping people overcome the challenges of disabling injury, illness or age related health conditions to live active, healthier, more independent lives. It integrates innovative patient care, ground breaking research and diverse education to build healthier communities and advance the role of rehabilitation in the health system. Toronto Rehab, along with Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and The Michener Institute for Education, is a member of the University Health Network and is affiliated with the University of Toronto. 



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