Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

McBurney General Scholarships Information

McBurney general scholarships are available to UW-Madison undergraduate, graduate and professional students whose disabilities have been verified through the McBurney Disability Resource Center.

  • Verify disability status with the McBurney Center by completing the steps listed at Apply for Accommodations. Complete this by the scholarship deadline.
  • Review “Disability Categories on the McBurney Scholarship Application” for a listing of conditions that may qualify as a disability
  • Complete the FAFSA before UW’s December 1 priority deadline or financial need will be scored as zero.
  • International students should complete the International Student – Financial Need Addendum and email it to Heidi Johnson by the December 1 deadline.
  • Complete the McBurney Center scholarship application by signing in to the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub website (WiSH) beginning in early November. Start by completing the  General Application in WiSH.  Answer “yes” to the question that asks if you would like to view scholarships for students with disabilities. This step will match you to the McBurney Disability Resource Center Application, which you will find by clicking on  “Other Recommended Opportunities” under the “Opportunities” tab.  You will be considered for all McBurney Center scholarships for which you are eligible via this one application.
  • UW-Madison applicants do not have to be admitted to apply for scholarships.
    • UW-Madison applications must be enrolled at UW-Madison in the fall term following the completion of the scholarship cycle to be eligible to receive a McBurney Center scholarship award. For example, for the 2020-2021 scholarship cycle a student must plan to be enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester. Changes in enrollment status may impact a student’s eligibility for a McBurney Center scholarship.
  • The Wisconsin Experience and Ginsberg Family Awards do not take financial need into consideration.  Students must upload a McBurney Center Scholarship Co-Curricular Involvement Form to their McBurney scholarship application in WiSH to be considered for those opportunities.
  • Students will need two recommendations, preferably one from a current or former instructor.  Family, friends, and a student’s McBurney Center Access Consultant are not eligible to be recommenders.  Students will enter recommenders’ names and email addresses on the McBurney Center scholarship application.  Recommenders will get an email with a link to complete the recommendation.  Recommendations are due by the scholarship deadline.  Students are responsible for monitoring recommendations and ensuring they are submitted on time. Only students whose recommendations are submitted on time will be considered for scholarships.
  • Upload a transcript from the university where you received your last degree if you are an incoming transfer or a graduate/professional school student who did not receive your last degree from UW-Madison.  Without this document, your GPA cannot be calculated, and you will receive a 0 for your GPA score.”
    • Law School Students Only: If you are a new or current law school student, please upload an Unofficial Transcript (available through the Law School’s Office of Career and Professional Development).  Without this document, your GPA cannot be calculated, and you will receive a 0 for your GPA score.
  • If you have unusual financial expenses not captured by the FAFSA, consider submitting a special circumstances statement to UW’s Financial Aid Office so they can be considered for your general UW-Madison financial aid application. For directions, see “Special Circumstances/Appeals” on the Office of Student Financial Aid’s web page . (Click on “Applying” in the top navigation. Then scroll down near the bottom.) Complete this by the UW’s December 1 FAFSA priority deadline.

Helpful Links:


  • December 1, 2020: Submit your FAFSA or International Student Financial Need Addendum.
    • Optional: Submit statement of special circumstances (see above).
  • April 2, 2021: Submit your McBurney Center scholarship application via WiSH, verify your disability with the McBurney Center, and make sure recommenders have submitted their recommendations!


Alternative Testing Training for Students (Test Accommodations)

Alternative Testing Overview Training

Extended Testing Time Training

Small Group Testing Training

Standard Computer Testing Training

Break Time During Testing Training

Other Testing Accommodations Training

Examples of other test accommodations include: bubble answer sheet (e.g. Scantron) assistance, noise reduction, access to food/drink, use of a calculator on quantitative exams, and more.

Students – Selecting Your Accommodations and Sending Faculty Notification Letters in McBurney Connect Training

Selecting Your Accommodations

Learn how to select the accommodations you wish to use for each class. Covered topics include: logging in to McBurney Connect, viewing the accommodations for which you are eligible, and sending Faculty Notification Letters.


Modifying/Canceling Your Selected Accommodations

Learn how to modify or cancel accommodations previously selected, and then send updated Faculty Notification Letters.


Viewing Your Faculty Notification Letters

Learn how to view your Faculty Notification Letter for each class.


McBurney Connect Email/Online “Faculty Notification Letters” Replacing McBurney Center VISAs Starting Summer 2018

About the Change

The McBurney Center implemented a new electronic accommodation and case management system called McBurney Connect starting Summer 2018. Through McBurney Connect, students generate a Faculty Notification Letter for each class section in which they are requesting accommodations. The notification letters will replace the laminated student VISAs (Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations plan) and will be sent to course instructors of record via email.

As a result of this new system, instructors will now receive customized information about classroom accommodations that are specific to each course, as students will select just those accommodations that are needed for each class. Students will still be instructed to meet with faculty to discuss their accommodations.

In addition to receiving emailed notification letters, an exciting feature of McBurney Connect is an online instructor portal. By using their NetID and password, instructors are able to log in to McBurney Connect to see a list of students who have requested accommodations in each of their courses. The instructor portal will also serve as a central location to view each student’s Faculty Notification Letter.

Important dates:

  • Faculty Notification Letters for Summer 2018 were available in McBurney Connect starting May 14.
  • Faculty Notification Letters for Fall 2018 will be available in McBurney Connect starting mid-August (about 2 weeks before the start of classes).

We greatly appreciate your partnership and collaboration. Please email us or contact us with any questions you may have.

Overview of the Accommodation Process

The overall accommodation process remains substantially the same. What is changing is how instructors receive the written accommodation plan from students.

  1. Students approved for disability-related accommodations are entered into McBurney Connect based on individualized review and eligibility process.
  2. Students log in to McBurney Connect to select their accommodations and schedule Faculty Notification Letters specific to each class.
  3. McBurney Connect will email Faculty Notification Letters to instructors two weeks before classes start, and then on an ongoing basis after that.
  4. Students will still be expected to meet with instructors in a timely manner, even though their accommodation plans are delivered via email.
  5. Instructors can log into McBurney Connect to see a list of students who have requested accommodations for each of their courses, including their Faculty Notification Letters