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This NYSILC scholarship is named in honor of Patricio “Pat” Figueroa, Jr., a recognized leader and advocate of people with disabilities.  In 1978, Pat founded the first Center for Independent Living (CIL) in New York State-the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY).  The network has since grown to over forty centers.  He was the co-founder of the 504 Democratic Club and publisher of the national disability newspaper, Independence Today.  Pat helped train and mentor numerous individuals over the years.  For young advocates looking to become future leaders, he is someone to look up to as they learn and strive to reach their ultimate goals.


The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) is looking to conduct outreach to young adults with disabilities between the ages of 18 to 28 (or younger with the consent of a parent/guardian) with demonstrated leadership potential. Specifically, NYSILC is looking to support young leaders by providing the Patricio “Pat” Figueroa, Jr.  scholarships for young adults with disabilities to attend and participate in independent living related conferences and/or national disability and leadership trainings during each year. Scholarships of up to $1,000 each will be awarded to youth based on cost and need. Please respond to all questions on the application. Enter N/A for a question that is not applicable. Complete applications are needed to make decisions regarding the scholarships. Electronic format is required and allows equal access for NYSILC members to easily review the information. If you have any questions related to the application, contact the NYSILC office at (518) 427-1060 (Voice/TTY), or

I. Background Information: (Young adult with disability must be between the ages of 18-28 and reside in New York State)

Name *
Email *
Address *
Phone Number *
School/College Currently Attending (List name):
Current Employer (List name(s), dates of employment, and position(s):
Current Volunteer Opportunities (List name(s) of place(s) where you currently volunteer and explain what you do in your volunteer role):
Affiliations with Independent Living Center and or Disability Rights Organizations (List name(s), followed by how you are involved):

References (List name, address, and phone number) of one business/professional/educational and one personal reference in the space provided below:

• Business/professional/educational reference with contact information:
• Personal reference with contact information:
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II. Training Opportunity Information:

Name of Training Event Registered to Attend:
Provide a link to the training opportunity: (if one is not available, provide event highlights below)

Cost (Please estimate the below to the best of your ability):

  • Registration fee or portion of fee
  • Hotel rate for participants
  • Meals (Not included in event registration)
  • Transportation (All forms. Mileage @ .545/mile. Includes tolls, parking, etc.)
  • Support Services/Accommodations/interpreters
  • Other

Total cost:
In the space provided below, please inform us of any circumstances that are barriers to your attendance or help to justify your need.
In the space provided below, respond to the following question: How would attending this training opportunity improve or enhance my leadership development as a youth with a disability?
How do you intend to use this experience to better your community?
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III. Assurances

Questions not contingent upon the approval of the application:

Applicants will be notified of decisions regarding sponsorships by email unless a different preference is stated by an individual. The council will make every attempt to review and decide on each application within 30 days of the date it is received. All decisions are final. Applying is not a guarantee of a scholarship. There is a limited amount of funding available each year and it is based on the number of applicants, timing of application, need, costs, and the equity in effort to outreach to youth with disabilities across the State.

Applicant’s Electronic Signature
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