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Scholarship Opportunity: Neilsen Scholarship Program

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has invited UCLA to submit an application for Neilsen Scholarship Program grants.  The Neilsen Scholarship Program (NSP) supports students with spinal cord injury (SCI) in pursuit of higher education and aims to remove barriers to academic progress related to SCI-associated needs.

Funding Details:

  1. The grant term is expected to begin on July 31, 2023.  Support is provided at the undergraduate and graduate levels and may be multi-year, if awarded.
  2. NSP covers
    • 100% of in-state tuition for residents plus fees, or 125% of in-state tuition for out-of-state/non-residents plus fees
    • Supplemental Support Funds, which includes:
      1. Up to $6,000/year for basic needs (meal plans, assistive technology, transportation, mobility equipment, childcare, books, supplies, etc.)
      2. Up to $10,000/year for housing
      3. Up to $15,000/year for a Personal Care Assistant/Attendant
    • Students may request supplemental support funds only if they are requesting full or partial tuition and fees through this program.
  3. Eligibility:
    • Student must be enrolled in a degree program.
    • Student must maintain satisfactory progress towards their degree program for the duration of scholarship support, including the minimum GPA required by the university or department.
    • Only individuals with neurological and functional impairment due to traumatic SCI, degenerative disease primary to the spinal cord (transverse myelitis), or damage to the spinal cord due to tumors and surgery are eligible for support through this program.  Individuals with spinal dysfunction, paralysis, or pain syndromes caused by other traumatic or primary orthopedic, genetic or developmental disorders are not eligible (e.g., multiple sclerosis, ALS, Chiari malformation or peripheral nerve injury)
  4. Internal deadline to apply: Monday, March 27.  For all interested students, please contact Elisabeth Kealy Leavitt at