Rick & Amanda Hansen Scholarship for Youth with Disabilities

Rick Hansen Foundation
May 31, 2024

Rick and Amanda Hansen believe that people of all abilities should have the right to a barrier-free education. The Rick & Amanda Hansen Scholarship for Youth with Disabilities, funded generously by the April 1 Foundation, provides financial support to Canadian youth with disabilities to pursue post-secondary education and realize their full potential.

This scholarship aims to make a profound impact on the lives of Canadian youth with disabilities by removing financial barriers and supporting career aspirations through post-secondary education.

Funding of up to $10,000 per year (up to a maximum of $40,000) is available for youth with disabilities looking to complete a 1- to 4-year post-secondary program at a publicly funded institution in Canada.

How to Apply

To be eligible for the 2024/25 Scholarships, an applicant must be:

  • A person with a disability, defined as a functional limitation – whether permanent or episodic – which affects their ability to participate in post-secondary education;
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • Under 30 years old as of May 31, 2024;
  • Enrolling full-time in the 2024/25 academic year for a 1- to 4-year post-secondary program in a publicly funded Canadian institution.

Applicants must complete the online application form and submit:

  • Resume (1-2 pages) outlining professional skills, academic achievements, and community involvement;
  • Letters from two references*;
  • Transcripts (last two years);
  • Proof of disability form

Applicants must also respond to the following questions:

  • How do you emulate Rick and Amanda Hansen’s values of perseverance, inclusivity and being a difference maker?
  • What are your career goals, and how will your selected program help you achieve them? (Maximum 1500 characters, including spaces)


*The letters should be comprehensive and attest to your achievements and potential. At least one reference should be from an educator. Family members may not submit references.

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate alignment with Rick & Amanda Hansen’s values of perseverance, inclusivity and being a Difference Maker;
  • Clarity of career goals and alignment with the chosen academic program;
  • Ability to successfully complete the chosen academic program; and
  • Financial necessity of scholarship.

The Rick & Amanda Hansen Scholarship cannot be held concurrently with other education-related financial awards exceeding $2,500 in any given year.