Student grants


MIDWEST will award Student Grants to support increased participation of high school, undergraduate and graduate level students with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Examples of the types of activities supported:
  • Projects designed to encourage the participation of students with disabilities to pursue careers in STEM;
  • Development of new equipment, software, or materials to improve access to STEM;
  • Modifications of equipment, software, materials or laboratories that improve access to STEM;

Grant amounts vary for high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students.

Opportunities for student internships and externships are also available. Please see our Student Internships & Externships page.

Who Can Apply

The MIDWEST Student Grants are intended for high school, undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who demonstrate a strong interest in entering and/or majoring in STEM disciplines, and who are planning or considering STEM careers.

Evaluation Criteria

Student project applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria :

  • Potential of the project to improve access to STEM;
  • Feasibility of the work plan;
  • Ability to serve as a model for other students and/or schools;
  • Potential for sustainability; and
  • Quality of the evaluation plan.

Application Requirements

Please contact MIDWEST if you would like assistance in completing any portion of your application.

  1. Application Form

    Download and complete one of the following application forms:
    • Microsoft Word format
    • Plain text
    • PDF format (Requires Adobe Reader -- Download the latest version of Adobe Reader)

      The application must include a parent or guardian signature if you are under 18 years of age.

  2. Two letters of Recommendation

    Submit two letters of recommendation from a teacher, faculty member, or someone who has worked with you closely.

  3. Resume

    Submit an up-to-date copy of your resume.

Deadline for Applications

MIDWEST is now accepting applications for Student Grants. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis.

Select one of the following methods:

  1. Apply by mail by completing the application form and mailing it, together with your resume to:

    Amy Fruchtman, MS
    MIDWEST Project Manager
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    338 Goodnight Hall
    1975 Willow Drive
    Madison, WI 53706

  2. Apply by fax by completing the application form and faxing it, together with your resume, to MIDWEST at (608) 262-6466; or

  3. Apply by e-mail by completing the application form and sending it and your resume as e-mail attachments to Amy Fruchtman at .

In addition, please have the two letters of recommendation sent directly by the letter writers to Amy Fruchtman via one of the above methods.


If you have questions, please or call (608) 262-6467.

Page last updated 02/28/07