Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

McBurney Center General Scholarships Information

McBurney Center general scholarships are available to current and incoming UW-Madison undergraduate, graduate, and professional students whose disability(s) has been verified through the McBurney Disability Resource Center and who will be enrolled in Fall 2024.

Important Timeline and Deadlines

Timeline or Deadline Date Additional Information
McBurney Center scholarship application opens in WiSH Wednesday, November 1, 2023 Start your application in Wisconsin Scholarship Hub website (WiSH)
Financial Information DUE Friday, April 5, 2024 (deadline extended due to upcoming FAFSA changes) Complete the FAFSA OR submit the International Student Financial Need Addendum
(Optional: Submit a statement of special circumstance)
Completed Application DUE (deadline extended) Friday, April 5, 2024 (by 11:59pm central time)
  • McBurney Center scholarship application has been submitted via WiSH
  • Disability status has been verified with the McBurney Center
  • Two (2) recommenders have submitted letters
  • Upload a transcript (if applicable)

Process Overview

The order of beginning and completing the steps may vary by each student’s circumstances and status.

  1. Starting the McBurney Center scholarship application: Sign into the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub website (WiSH) beginning in early November.
      1. Complete the General Application in WiSH.
      2. 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.
      3. You will be considered for all McBurney Center scholarships for which you are eligible via this one application.
  2. Completing financial information
    1. Domestic students complete the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for next year (2024-25) by April 5 (extended), or financial need will be scored as zero.
      1. Financial Aid’s “A Better FAFSA” has more info on improvements to this year’s FAFSA and answers to common questions.
      2. If you have unusual financial expenses not captured by the FAFSA: consider submitting a statement of special circumstance to UW’s Financial Aid Office so this circumstance(s) can be considered in your general UW-Madison financial aid application.  Complete this by the the April 5 (extended) FAFSA priority deadline.
    2. International students instead must complete the International Student – Financial Need Addendum and email it to Sarah Doebereiner by April 5 (extended).
  3. Verifying disability status: If not already affiliated with the McBurney Center, begin the process early to verify disability status with the McBurney Center by completing the steps listed at Apply for Accommodations and reviewing “Disability Categories on the McBurney Scholarship Application” for a listing of conditions that may qualify as a disability.  Make sure to allow enough time as this process must be completed this by the scholarship deadline, including meeting with your assigned Access Consultant.
  4. Requesting two (2) letters of recommendation: Students 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 and upload 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.
  5. Uploading a transcript (if you are an incoming transfer or a graduate/professional school student who did not receive your last degree from UW-Madison)A transcript from the university where you received your last degree is needed to calculate your GPA, otherwise you will receive “0 pts” for your GPA score.
    1. Law School Students Only: If you are a new or current law school student, please upload an Unofficial Transcript that includes your Law School GPA (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.
    2. Medical School Students Only: If you are a new or current Medical School Student, you will need to upload a transcript with a GPA from the university where you received your last degree because the Medical School does not calculate a GPA. Without this document, your GPA cannot be calculated, and you will receive “0 pts” for your GPA score.

Additional Scholarship Requirements & Information

  1. Students must be enrolled for the Fall 2024 semester to receive a scholarship in this cycle. Changes in enrollment status may impact a student’s eligibility for a McBurney Center scholarship.
  2. The Wisconsin Experience, Ginsberg Family Awards, and the Nick Humphrey Memorial Scholarship do not take financial need into consideration.  However, students must upload a McBurney Center Scholarship Co-Curricular Involvement Form to their McBurney scholarship application in WiSH to be considered for those opportunities.


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Can I apply as an incoming student if I have not yet received an admission decision?

Yes, as an applicant to the university, you can apply for McBurney Center scholarships before receiving an admission decision.

For more information:

Contact Scholarship Coordinator


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