Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Award
The University of Florida has been selected by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to provide scholarships for undergraduate or graduate students with spinal cord injuries. The Neilsen Scholarship Program (NSP) eliminates barriers to academic success for eligible students by providing funds to create and maintain opportunities to pursue an education in their chosen degree program and lead full lives in and out of the classroom. The amount of the scholarship will vary according to established criteria. The scholarship award may be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, room and board, books, personal care attendants, and other educational items. Only individuals with neurological and functional impairment due to traumatic SCI, degenerative disease primary to the spinal cord (i.e., transverse myelitis), or damage to the spinal cord due to tumors and surgery are eligible for support through this program. Individuals with spinal dysfunction, paralysis, or pain syndromes caused by other traumatic or primary orthopedic, genetic or developmental disorders are not eligible (e.g., multiple sclerosis, ALS, Chiari malformation or peripheral nerve injury). Scholarships are renewable for a maximum of eight semesters (Fall and Spring semesters only), provided the recipient makes satisfactory academic progress toward a degree. Scholarship awardees are asked to write a Thank You letter to the scholarship donor.