Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship
The Scott and Paul Pearsall Scholarship supports graduate work that seeks to increase the public’s understanding of the psychological pain and stigma experienced by adults living with physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy.
Encourage talented students to orient their careers to understanding the psychological effect of stigma on people with disabilities.
Develop strategies to improve the public’s understanding of the psychological pain and stigma felt by individuals with physical disability, in order to reduce harmful misconceptions.
Encourage dissemination of findings to the public, expressly through media.
One $10,000 scholarship.
APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.
Be full-time graduate students in good standing at an accredited university.
Have received IRB approval before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.
Application materials must be submitted online.
To learn more, download the request for proposals (PDF, 346KB).
Evaluation CriteriaProposals will be evaluated on:
Conformance with stated program goals.
Quality of proposed work.
Preference will be given to proposals that contain a plan to disseminate findings to the public, especially through media organizations such as the Entertainment Industry Foundation or the Entertainment Industry Council.
Description of proposed project to include goal, relevant background, target population, methods, anticipated outcomes, plan for disseminating findings to the public.
(No more than five pages, one inch margins, 11 point font.)
Budget (one page).
Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor.
Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to applicants on their proposals.
- Jessica Esposito, Columbia University
"Disability and Multiple Sclerosis: Stigma, Outness, and Links with Psychological Well-Being"
- "How Women with Visible and Invisible Disabilities Manage Microaggressions, Stigma, and Multiple Identities."
Goldie VanHeel, Alliant International University
Melody Schaff, Alliant International University