Independence Foundation Scholarship

The Independence Foundation Scholarship was created to help individuals with physical disabilities pay for the ever growing expense of college. The Scholarship of $500 will be awarded to Three (3) individuals with a noteworthy physical disability. The Scholarship will be awarded in May 2018 for the 2018-2019 college year.

Amity Scholarship

In loving memory of Amity Graham (September 1973-August 2009). Memorials in her name can be made to The Independence Foundation Amity Scholarship Fund.


Applicants will be required to fill out the application form found below and to write a 500 word essay about how your physical limitation(s) has/have presented challenge(s) and how you have worked to persevere despite them. Describe your academic/career aspirations and why you feel that you are deserving of this award.

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  • Nicole Oliphant, Everett,WA – Currently attending University of Washington studying Psychology
  • Zachary Dickman, West Seneca, NY – Going to study Chemical Engineering at RIT in the fall
  • Jon Gilroy, Pleasant Valley, NY – Will attend SUNY Albany in the Social Work field
  • Alexander Oleksa, Lancaster, PA – Currently attending University of Washington studying Psychology
the Recipients for 2018 are:
  • Elizabeth McCormick
  • Joseph Keller
  • Emma Lockwood
  • Chelsea Marks

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Website for College-bound Students with Disabilities

This new website has been developed to help high school students learn about living college life with a disability. The site provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer a way to hear firsthand from students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and equip them with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.