Students invited to apply for Mayor's Ability Awards scholarships

The Mayor's Ability Awards scholarship committee, a beacon of support for students living with disabilities, is now accepting applications.

For 38 years, the Mayor's Ability Awards scholarships have served a profound purpose—to provide financial support to college or college-bound students who have demonstrated outstanding initiative in living with a disability and who have shown a genuine desire to continue their education at the college level. The scholarships are sponsored through a partnership with the Gila River Indian Community. 

This initiative underscores the importance of encouraging education and fostering inclusivity to students living with disabilities, recognizing their potential and empowering them to achieve their academic and professional goals.

"Education is the key to unlocking endless possibilities,” said Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega. “The Mayor's Ability Awards scholarships uplift individuals, so that through education, their intelligence is     not overlooked because of outer disabilities."

Eligible Scottsdale students can submit their applications from Jan. 29 to March 1. Aspiring candidates are encouraged to start the application process now.

To ensure a thorough and accurate completion of the scholarship application, students are advised to seek assistance from their local academic counselor or transitional counselor. Detailed scholarship information and eligibility requirements for parents and participants are available on the city’s website at, search "Ability Awards."

For those who may face challenges completing the online application form, assistance is available. Please contact Rebecca Kurth at 480-312-7977 for support.


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