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Academic Scholarships


The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living invites all students with disabilities enrolling in their first or second year of college during the 2022-23 school year to apply for the John Weir Academic Scholarship, named in honor of one of the Ann Arbor CIL founders.

Applications are due Sunday, July 31, 2022, 11:59 pm.

Scholarships vary in amounts, starting at $500.

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To be eligible for the John Weir Scholarship, you must:

  • 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; and
  • Enroll in either your first or second year of, a 2- or 4-year college, university or a trade school program during the 2022-23 school year


Application Instructions

  • Complete the Application Form, including essays. Each essay must be in paragraph format with a word count of 300 words or less. Essays are described fully on the application form and must describe a community involvement or volunteer experience in the past two years.

>> Complete the online application by clicking here

  • Provide one letter of recommendation from a significant person in your life who is not a family member. For example, a teacher, counselor, boss, coach, mentor, etc. All letters must be post mailed, even if you complete your application online. Recommendation letters may be mailed via email or via post mail to:

Ann Arbor CIL
John Weir Scholarship
Attn: Anna Dusbiber, LLMSW
3941 Research Park Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108


If you need an alternate application format or another disability accommodation, please contact

Submit all application materials by Sunday, July 31, 2022, 11:59 pm.

Selection Process

The John Weir Scholarship Selection Committee reviews each application and interviews the top candidates.


Scholarships will be awarded no later than September 1, 2022. Winners will be notified via email.

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 with SCIs alive, 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 person with a severe disability to go to Eastern Michigan University. In 1976, he helped found the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. At the time, CILs were a new idea designed to provide resources and assist in ways that facilitated a more active life. John remained an active pioneer until his death in 1985. ~Lou Weir


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