Disability Scholarships for Challenged Athletes
|July 11, 2012||Posted by admin under Disability Scholarships|
Access for Athletes is the flagship program for Challenged Athletes Foundation. They offer disability scholarships for challenged athletes. This program works to bridge the gap that often exists between health insurance and rehabilitation by providing grants which can be used for equipment such as handcylces, sports wheelchairs, sports prosthetics, mono skis, training resources and competition expenses for individuals with physical challenges.
Through this grants, Access for Athletes makes it possible for individuals with disabilities to surmount the financial challenges that might otherwise prevent them from participating in sports, and thus ensures that athletes with physical challenges are not left behind simply because they are not able to afford expensive equipment or the costs related to training. It is the belief of the Challenged Athletes Foundation that participation in sports increases physical fitness and activity levels while also enhancing self-esteem and confidence in individuals with physical challenges.
Disability scholarships and Grants are issued yearly through Access for Athletes. Applications become available September 1st and must be received by no later than December 1st. To be eligible to receive an Access for Athletes grant, the individual must have a physical disability which is recognized within the International Paralympic Committee classifications. There are no requirements regarding sport or level of ability. Applicants must be able to document a clear financial need. Along with competition and training expenses, grants may also be used to pay for travel expenses incurred for athletes to participate in their sport or to maintain physical fitness. Applicants may only apply for one grant per year and may only apply for one equipment grant once every three years, with the exception of upgraded components, such as high performance wheels.
The amounts of grants vary based on financial need, athletic ability and the type of grant that is requested. Grant amounts typically do not exceed $2,500. When applying for Challenged Athletes Foundation scholarships, applicants will need to submit a letter from their physician documenting their qualifying physical challenge and how receiving grant will improve their health. In addition, applicants must submit a letter of reference from a peer, fellow athlete, physical therapist, teacher, coach or family member.
Applicants will also be required to submit a biography that shares the story of their adversity, as well as their involvement in fitness or sport. This should include community involvement, such as mentorship or volunteering. Applicants are further encouraged to send a still portrait or a full body action shot with their grant application.