Disability Resources and Services (DRS) offers several scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and financial need. Award amounts vary based on scholarship; however, the maximum award amount is $1,000 per semester. The total of all DRS scholarships received all semesters at Temple cannot exceed $5,000. Preference is given to applicants who have not already received a scholarship in the same academic year. Scholarships may be used for tuition and related expenses, tutoring, assistive technology, internships, other disability-related expenses unless otherwise indicated.
To apply for a scholarship, please complete the online DRS Scholarship Application, including any required attachments, before 5:00 pm on the application deadline date. You will have to include your major and major category on the application. Here is a sample list of categories and majors - Categories/Majors for DRS Scholarship Application
Important! There is a change in the scholarship application deadlines starting in Spring 2021. Scholarships will now be awarded twice in the Fall semester and twice in the Spring semester. The deadlines are as follows:
Fall Semester - September 1st and November 1st
Spring Semester - February 1st and April 1st
Please remember that scholarships are not guaranteed and can take some time to process. The typical timeline is one month after the scholarship deadline. For example, if the scholarship application deadline is is February 1st, you should hear back from the DRS Scholarship Committee by the first week of March.
Matriculation as a registered Temple student with a Temple GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Attended Temple at least one  semester and be enrolled in a program leading to a degree.
Registration with Temple University Disability Resources and Services (DRS).
Demonstrate financial need for scholarship support. This is verified through your current year **FAFSA application.
* Some eligibility criteria might vary by scholarship. Please review the information provided for each scholarship.
** International Students - Consistent with conditions of Non-immigrant Student (F-1 or J-1) status, international students are required to report to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) any change in financial circumstances. ISSS will review your financial situation and provide you with a revised Form I-20 (F-1 students) or Form DS-2019 (J-1 students) to verify changes in your financial circumstances. Please include copies of all Forms I-20 or Forms DS-2019 with your DRS Scholarship application.
Note: Successful applicants who receive scholarships must submit a thank you, with a copy sent to email@example.com within four (4) weeks of receiving the award. Guidelines for thank you letters are provided with scholarship award letters. Submission of a thank you letter is required for consideration for future DRS scholarships.
Eligibility: All Temple students with a disability
Eligibility: Students with a mental health disability.
Eligibility: Students with a physical disability that significantly impacts mobility.
Erling and Julia Indahl Scholarship
Eligibility: Students with a visual disability.
Cynthia Wirth Scholarship
Eligibility: Students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Bertha Pasternak Feldman Scholarship
Eligibility: Graduates of the Widener Memorial School or the Philadelphia School District, with Widener Memorial School graduates' preference.
Alice Raefsky Scholarship*
Eligibility: Temple students with a disability who have demonstrated leadership, persistence, and achievement in their academics or community service activities
*Awarded annually in April. The student recipient is nominated and selected by DRS staff based on eligibility.
Eligibility criteria: Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts registered with DRS and have financial needs.
Must have 12 or more credits remaining and be in good academic standing.
Award is up to $1,000 toward the next semester's tuition.
Must be nominated by a faculty member. Nominations are collected in February, and a recipient is selected by April.
See the College of Liberal Arts website for more information.
State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies provide a wide variety of services to assist people with disabilities to secure gainful employment. Many students who experience significant disability-related financial needs find relief from their state vocational rehabilitation agency. To locate the agency that serves your home state, please consult the vocational rehabilitation website.
Student Financial Services offers advice and guidance on a variety of scholarships, grants, and loans.