Scholarships

The AEC coordinates the application process for the following scholarships:

As the AEC receives new scholarship information, announcements are posted on our website.

Scholarship Resources

Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families lists scholarships and describes how to apply for specific scholarships and grants. This book may be checked out. Additional resources for financial aid information include:


Hesser Memorial Scholarship

Those who knew Myrtle Hesser, a food service worker and supervisor in the UO dorms from 1957 to 1972, discovered a warm and friendly person with a wry sense of humor and a soft spot for the students she fed. While Hesser had little formal education herself, she was smart and well read and chose to leave her entire estate to the University of Oregon for student scholarships.

Eligibility:

  • Eligible students must have a physical disability, such that it significantly impacts the student’s ability to work and attend school, or that the student incurs significant expenses that are related to the disability.
  • Students must be admitted to or enrolled full time in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Oregon. If the student cannot attend full time due to the disability, the scholarship may be prorated for the term or year.
  • Preference will be given to freshmen and sophomores with a minimum 3.2 high school GPA or 3.0 college GPA.
  • Selection will be based on financial need, academic ability, and impact of disability. The scholarship award will be approximately $8,000 and is renewable for up to 5 years based on continued eligibility.

Deadline: Late Spring


Mary Minner-Kelsch Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Mary Minner-Kelsch. The purpose of this scholarship is to support the university’s commitment to a diverse student population. The scholarship will be given to a transfer student. Preference will be given to women applicants having a learning disability who display financial need. 

Mary Minner-Kelsch was born on September 30, 1921, in a small Pennsylvania Dutch town. At a time when most young people finished their education in 8th grade, she graduated from Villa Maria Academy and was offered the opportunity to continue on to college. Mary chose to help her family and married at 23 and gave birth to 12 children. Even though her formal education stopped at 18, she continued learning throughout her lifetime. Helping others was a code Mary lived her life by.

Eligibility:

  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the University of Oregon.
  • Preference will be given to women who have transferred to the University of Oregon from a post-secondary institution and who are registered with the Accessible Education Center.
  • Selection of the recipient will be based on financial need. The scholarship award will be $1,000.

Deadline: Late Spring


Marjorie Dale Pincetich Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Majorie D. Pincetich, known as Jerry to family and friends, who devoted many years of volunteer work on behalf of people with visual disabilities. A native of Portland, Oregon, she attended the University of Oregon from 1936 to 1939 and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Throughout her lifetime she was active with Braille groups throughout the United States and Nigeria, Micronesia, and Malaysia. Her spirit of devotion to those with visual disabilities infuses this family scholarship for students at the University of Oregon.

Eligibility:

Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the University of Oregon at least half time and be legally blind. Selection of the recipient will be based on financial need, academic ability, and when possible, community or campus involvement. Applications submitted by prior recipients for the Pincetich scholarship will be considered and are often renewed. The scholarship award ranges from  $1,000 to $3,000 per year.

Deadline: Late Spring