November 19, 2018 – The Neilsen Scholarship Program was established in 2014 to provide scholarships for students with spinal cord injury (SCI). These scholarships are awarded to the institution and include tuition/fees as well as supplemental support funding to remove barriers that a student with SCI may encounter beyond traditional education expenses.
In 2018, the program was expanded to include 11 colleges and universities across the country. The expansion not only increased the number of schools but also increased the number of Neilsen Scholarship recipients. Although the program has evolved, its goal to support students with SCI in their pursuit of higher education remains unchanged. Since its inception, the program has funded approximately 130 students during their academic careers to obtain various degrees ranging from associate to doctorate. These degrees have included: architecture, business, computer science, engineering, finance, political science, social work, medical and veterinary degrees just to name a few.
Although this program is by invitation only to select institutions, the Neilsen Foundation encourages all institutions to thoughtfully address disability and inclusion on their campuses.
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