National Convention Scholarship

The application window for 2019 Disability Advocacy Scholarships is now closed. Awardees will be notified on August 16, 2019.

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2019 Disability Advocacy Scholarship

It’s important to us that adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are passionate about advocacy can come to The Arc’s National Convention. We offer competitive scholarships to help people with disabilities attend the convention, and we encourage all self-advocates to apply!

Please note: If you received a Disability Advocacy Scholarship in 2018, you are NOT ELIGIBLE to receive a scholarship in 2019.

Disability Advocacy Scholars have the following responsibilities:


Disability Advocacy Scholarships include the following:


Scholarships DO NOT include travel to and from the event, food (per diem), or daily travel during the event.

A selection group will review each application and notify scholarship recipients by August 16. The selection group will include members of The Arc’s advocacy team, national staff, and our National Council of Self-Advocates.

Scholars are selected based on:


We also make sure that scholars reflect the diversity of people with I/DD around our country.

Questions? Contact Jenny Sladen at