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2022 NCIL Youth Scholarship Applications Now Open!

NCIL is proud to announce the 2022 Youth Scholarship Fund. For the eighth year in a row, we will be offering scholarships to our Annual Conference for youth with disabilities ages 18 – 26 who may otherwise be unable to afford the cost of attendance. 

For the fourth year in a row, we are also offering the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship. Emet Tauber was a former Youth Scholarship recipient and NCIL board member who passed away in 2019. Emet’s life was changed by the Youth Scholarship Fund and he was passionate about enabling others to have the same opportunities. Therefore, the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship will be awarded each year to at least one youth with a disability who is also trans and / or Jewish in recognition of Emet’s activism within both of those communities. If you would like to be considered for the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship, follow the prompts on the application form under the “Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship” section.

The NCIL Youth Scholarship provides funding for young people to attend NCIL’s Annual Conference on Independent Living, which is a hybrid event that will take place July 25-28 (Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC); and August 1-3 (Virtual Workshops). This year’s scholarship will cover the costs associated with full participation in the Conference. Options for the Scholarship include:

  • Virtual Attendance – Conference registration fee covered, which will include full access to live streams and recordings.
  • In-Person Attendance – Conference registration fee, travel fees, and hotel room fees covered. This will include full access to the in-person Conference taking place in Washington D.C. as well as the virtual portions of the Conference.

The attendance of Deaf and Disabled young people is integral to the Conference and their advocacy is crucial to the Independent Living and disability rights movements.

The only requirements to apply are:

  • identifying as a Deaf person and / or a person with a disability or disabilities; and
  • being 26 years old or younger (NCIL categorizes “youth” as 26 years old or younger).

If you’d like to apply for a youth scholarship, please fill out the online application.

The application deadline is July 8, 2022. No applications will be considered after this time, and scholarship recipients will be notified within one week of the application deadline.

Please contact Jenny Sichel, Operations Director with any questions and / or comments at [email protected].

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