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The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living invites all high school seniors with disabilities to apply for the John Weir Academic Scholarship, named in honor of one of the Ann Arbor CIL founders. Applications are due Friday, April 6, 2018. One-time scholarships range from $200-$500.

Eligible students for the John Weir Scholarship must:

  • Be a high school senior graduating with the class of 2018;
  • Have a significant disability of any kind – for example, physical, visual, developmental, cognitive, hearing, learning, emotional, or other;
  • Live in Washtenaw, Livingston, or Monroe County, Michigan;
  • Plan to attend a 2– or 4-year college, university or a trade school; and
  • Submit completed application materials by Friday, April 6, 2018.


  • Complete the Online Application Form (Link here), including essays OR download the 2018-John-Weir-Scholarship-Application and mail your application and essays to the Ann Arbor CIL.
  • Provide one letter of recommendation from a teacher or a school counselor. Mail it to: Ann Arbor CIL, John Weir Scholarship, Attn: Anna Dusbiber, 3941 Research Park Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108
  • Submit all application materials by Friday, April 6, 2018. (Materials must be post-marked no later than April 6, 2018 to be considered.)

Online Application Submission

  • Follow this link and fill in all required information.
  • Each essay question must be in paragraph format with a word count of 300 words or less.
  • Letters of recommendation must be mailed to the Ann Arbor CIL (3941 Research Park Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108) by April 6, 2018. (Postmarked no later than April 6, 2018)

Selection Process

The John Weir Selection Committee reviews each application received and interviews the top candidates. Candidates must engage in an activity or activities with the Ann Arbor or Monroe CIL prior to May 31, 2018 to be considered eligible. Scholarships will be awarded in the summer of 2018 in Ann Arbor. Winners are expected to attend the award ceremony, which will take place at the end of July.

Honoring John Weir

When my brother, John Weir, acquired his spinal cord injury (SCI) in 1964, the atmosphere was different for people with disabilities than it is today. The medical field kept people alive with SCIs, but society offered little in terms of satisfying futures. John was a pioneer in many ways. His ability to inspire practical help instead of pity was one of his gifts. While in the hospital after his surgery, he graduated from Ann Arbor’s Pioneer High School. Later, he became the first severely disabled person to go to Eastern Michigan University. In 1976, he helped found the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living (CIL). At the time, CILs were a new idea designed to provide resources to people who were disabled and to assist in ways that facilitated a more active life. John remained an active pioneer until his death in 1985. ~  Lou Weir