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.
“TD shares Toronto Rehab’s deeply-rooted values of diversity, accessibility and inclusion and is focused on creating and promoting an inclusive culture for people with disabilities,” said Matt Fowler, Vice President, TD Bank Group. “Establishing the TD Graduate Scholarship for People with Disabilities at Toronto Rehab was a strategic investment in harnessing the potential and promise of exceptional students and researchers.”
Toronto Rehab views the scholarship as more than an academic award. “It makes a great deal of sense to actively involve people with disabilities in rehabilitation-related research,” says Dr. Geoff Fernie, Institute Director, Research at Toronto Rehab. “Our students with disabilities have a special insight that can be extremely valuable to us. This scholarship is important because it can mean the difference between students continuing their graduate studies, or withdrawing after not being able to keep up with the demands of academic life. Whether it is being able to hire a tutor or research assistant, not having to work a separate job, or having the right tools to support their learning, this scholarship removes barriers to success.”
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. Applications are encouraged from international students and final year undergraduate students. Graduate students studying at the following institutions are eligible to apply: McMaster University, Ryerson University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and York University.
Fields of study must relate to rehabilitation but are not limited to any particular discipline. The wide range of eligible disciplines may include but are not limited to: 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.
The next round of Scholarships will be awarded for the 2017/18 academic year, with an application deadline of June 30, 2017. For more details, including eligibility criteria and application procedures, see the Application Form and Instructions below. If you have further questions, please contact:
416 597-3422, ext. 7600.