The Bismarck-Mandan Mayors’ Committee for People with Disabilities
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In an effort to support students who are planning to attend a college, university, vocational
training program, or other post-secondary training organization, the BMMCPD may award
scholarships on a yearly basis. The amount of each award and the number of awards given will
be determined on a yearly basis by the Mayors’ Committee, depending upon available funds.
The Use of Financial Assistance Monies
Many students with disabilities are challenged to meet the high cost of their education-related
expenses. Adaptive technology, computers, interpreters, or readers in addition to tuition, books
and housing are all qualifying expenses for the purpose of this assistance.
Qualifying Criteria to make application for Financial Assistance
Any student with a qualifying disability who is a graduate of a Bismarck-Mandan area high
school, or has obtained their GED, is eligible to apply. Students who are in their final year of
high school and submitting post-secondary application will also be considered.
Requirements to be eligible for the scholarship award are:
• A qualifying disability as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act;
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; or the Americans with Disabilities Act will be used
as criteria for consideration.
• Applicant must be a United States Citizen.
• Applicants must have been accepted for enrollment to a college, university, trade school,
vocational training program, or other post-secondary training as defined by the
educational institution; before the scholarship award can be disbursed.
• Applicants will be selected on the basis of the essay, financial need, application content
and academic merit. Letters of recommendation from faculty, employers or community
leaders and extracurricular school activities, community involvement and examples of
leadership are favorable consideration for applicants.
Financial awards will be mailed directly to the Institution unless otherwise indicated in the
award letter. Awards will not be payable to the award winner.
• Prepare the annual announcement of scholarship applications and distribute to area high
schools, colleges and universities, vocational rehabilitation and other providers.
• Establish annual deadline dates for applications.
• Review applications and determine eligibility based on criteria listed.
• Notify the award recipient(s) by mail.