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)

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I am a young adult with a disability residing in New York state.


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