Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Our Scholarships and awards for students with disabilities booklet includes a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. Most are intended for specific disabilities and some may be specifically for students studying within certain faculties.

Student Disability Scholarships Book 2019

Impressive former student bequeaths a new scholarship for students with disabilities

The University of Auckland has a new scholarship for students with disabilities to study overseas. The scholarship is called the Muriel Roberts Study Abroad Award for Students with Disabilities. The Scholarship opens on May 20 for six weeks, closing 1 July 2019.
Muriel Roberts was a former student of the University who passed away in 2015 (aged 98), leaving a gift of circa $15,000 in her will for students with disabilities (with a preference for students to travel overseas who hadn’t been abroad before).In 1994 a NZ Herald article gave an insight into Muriel’s inspiring back story:

“Muriel Roberts describes herself as a late developer. Kicked out of school as a youngster, it was not until she reached her late 50s that she opened another textbook. Nineteen years later, the 76 year-old has three degrees, has just passed her professional law exams and is about to be admitted to the Bar as a barrister and solicitor. She is believed to be the oldest person admitted-and she had to battle profound deafness and high blood pressure to make it. She has no hearing in one ear and only 3 per cent in the other. She needs a powerful hearing aid and reads lips. "It was really very difficult when I started at university, in 1975. There was nothing at all to help disabled students. I threw myself in at the deep-end," said Mrs Roberts. Despite the difficulties, she is now a bachelor of arts in English, a master in Italian and a bachelor of law. Tomorrow week she will don wig and gown, which are likely to swamp the pint-sized pensioner, to be admitted to the Bar. She plans to do voluntary community work, probably for victims of domestic violence. "It won't be paid but it will be putting something back into the community," she said. Mrs Roberts pays tribute to Students with Disabilities [now known as Student Disability Services], which was formed a few years after she began studying. They provided her with a tape recorder which was valuable for lectures”.

Student Disability Services Manager, Mark Thomson, says “we are very grateful for this wonderfully generous gift. I’m sure that Muriel’s inspiring story will be very motivating for students who wish to study abroad, especially those who have faced barriers to travelling and living overseas. It is, of course, heart-warming to hear the part that our former colleagues in Student Disability Services played in Muriel’s journey.”

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