Laura Williams Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory of our past President, Laura Williams. Laura was known and respected for her work on behalf of people with disabilities and seniors, including the state's compliance of the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court Olmstead Decision and passage of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. She was a constant voice and visible presence at State Capitol hearings and meetings on issues including In-Home Supportive Services, developmental services, access to public accommodations for children and adults with disabilities, mental health needs, and issues involving seniors.

Purpose of Scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to people with disabilities who have been admitted to or are enrolled in a California college or university and who are committed to taking a leadership role in improving the lives of persons with disabilities.

Amount of Scholarship

One $500 scholarship will be given each year.


Any person with a verified physical, mental, or learning disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as defined in the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, who has been admitted to or is enrolled in an accredited state university, community college, private college, or university in California may apply.

Award Criteria

Applications for the scholarship will be rated as follows:

  1. 50% Demonstrated Leadership
  2. 50% Essay

Application Form and Deadline

The deadline to apply for this scholarship:
Monday, September 1st, 2014

The selection of this scholarship winner will be announced through the CDR Foundation website on its Scholarship page, and through e-mail on Monday, October 20th, 2014

The scholarship will be given out on Monday, October 27th, 2014

If you have any further questions regarding the scholarship application or its process of submissions, please contact Shira Leeder at Thank you for spreading the word and publicizing about this scholarship.

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