Governor’s Coalition for Youth with Disabilities Scholarship

The Governor’s Coalition for Youth with Disabilities (GCYD) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1996 with the mission of recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of Connecticut high school students with disabilities and promoting educational opportunities to help students achieve their career goals. The GCYD seeks a diverse applicant pool of students for this scholarship.  All applications are due no later than December 31, 2012.

To be eligible to apply for the GCYD scholarship, a student must:

  • be a current graduating high school senior planning to attend a post-secondary school or training program,
  • be a permanent resident of Connecticut (CT residents attending high school outside of the state are eligible), and
  • have a disability under Special Education Law or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

All applications are reviewed by a panel of judges. Scholarship recipients are selected based on a number of factors including:

  • completeness of application and ability to follow application instructions including adhering to page limits and specifications as well as including the required attachments;
  • the manner in which candidates have managed their disabilities to address obstacles in various aspects of their life;
  • the degree to which the candidates have contributed to their school and community through service, leadership, and being a positive role model; and
  • the candidate’s desire for a successful career.

To apply for this scholarship or to assist someone in applying, please access the application through the link below.  Additional information about the scholarship may be found at, or e-mail questions to

2013 GCYD Scholarship Application