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, Ginsberg Family Awards, and the Nick Humphrey Memorial Scholarship 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 “0 pts” 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 “0 pts” for your GPA score.
  • Unusual financial expenses not captured by the FAFSA: consider submitting a statement of special circumstances to UW’s Financial Aid Office so these circumstances can be considered in your general UW-Madison financial aid application. For directions, review “Special Circumstances” on the Office of Student Financial Aid’s web page. (Click on “Applying” in the top navigation. Then scroll down near the bottom to “Special Circumstances.”) Complete this by the UW’s December 1 FAFSA priority deadline.

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  • Monday, November 1, 2021 – McBurney Center scholarship application opens in WiSH.
  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – Submit your FAFSA or International Student Financial Need Addendum.
    • Optional: Submit a statement of special circumstances (review above).
  • Friday, April 1, 2022 – Submit your McBurney Center scholarship application via WiSH, verify your disability with the McBurney Center, and make sure recommenders have submitted their recommendations!


Campus and Other Scholarship Information

Disability Categories on McBurney Scholarship Application


  • ADD/ADHD – Combined Type
  • ADD/ADHD – Predominantly Hyperactive
  • ADD/ADHD – Predominantly Inattentive
  • ADD/ADHD – Not Otherwise Specified
  • ADD/ADHD – Other

Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Other Autism Spectrum Disorder

Brain Injury

  • Head Injury-Medical
  • Head Injury-Traumatic
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Other-Brain

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • Deaf/Blindness
  • Hearing Loss

Health-Related Disability

  • AIDS/HIV Positive/ AIDS Related Complex
  • Allergies
  • Allergies – Food
  • Celiac Disease
  • Asthma
  • Cancer (non-Leukemia)
  • Cardiac Condition
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chemical Sensitivity
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Connective Tissue Disorder
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hemophilia
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Kidney Disease/Dysfunction
  • Leukemia
  • Lupus Erythematosus
  • Lyme’s Disease
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • POTS
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Skin Disorders
  • Seizure Disorder (not epilepsy)
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Speech Impairment
  • Other-Health

Learning Disability

  • Expressive Language Disorder
  • Learning Disorder NOS
  • Mathematics Disorder
  • Reading Disorder
  • Written Expression Disorder
  • Other-Learning

Mobility Disability

  • Amputation
  • Arthritis/Rheumatism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paraplegia
  • Post-Polio
  • Quadriplegia
  • Recurrent Dislocations
  • Spina Bifida
  • Other-Mobility

Psychological Disability

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcoholism
  • Anxiety
  • Bi-Polar
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disability
  • Eating Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Personality Disorder
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Schizophrenia/Schizo-affective Disorder
  • Selective Mutism
  • Specific Phobia
  • Other-Psychological

Visual Disability

  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Optic Nerve Disease
  • Retinal Disease
  • Traumatic injury to eye
  • Traumatic brain injury leading to visual impairment
  • Other-Visual

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