Scholarship Fund

Beginning in 1995, the Council has used its Scholarship Fund (formerly called our "Stipend Fund" and "Education Travel Fund") to assist Tennesseans with disabilities and their families to attend disability-related meetings, conferences and trainings held in Tennessee and across the United States.  The fund also provides stipends to support conferences in Tennessee, and the mission and priorities of the Council. 

Download a flier about the fund here and share with other individuals with disabilities, families and agencies that might be interested in applying!

Who Can Apply?

  • An individual with a disability.
  • A parent, sibling, family member, or guardian of an individual with a disability.
  • An agency or organization seeking an Organizational Stipend. 

What is the Scholarship Fund?

Individual and Family Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund assists Tennesseans with disabilities and their families, especially individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, to attend leadership coalition meetings, disability conferences, and disability trainings held in Tennessee and across the U.S.  Funds can reimburse individuals or families for the cost of registration, attendant care, hotel/lodging, transportation, child care or respite care, meals and other related travel expenses. All scholarship awards are subject to the availability of funds.

Click here to apply for the Individual and Family Scholarship Fund electronically; please apply at least 30 days in advance of the event or conference.

You can also download the application and send it via email to alicia.cone@tn.gov, fax (615-532-6964) or mail to Alicia Cone, TN Council on Developmental Disabilities, Davy Crockett Tower, 1st Floor, 500 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243.

Organizational Scholarship Fund

  • Assists an organization to support a number of Tennesseans with a disability and family members to attend disability conferences
  • Assists an organization to fund conference speakers presenting on disability topics
  • Provides stipends to Tennessee disability conferences
  • Provides stipends to organizations to support a Council priority:
    • 1) leadership development
    • 2) impacting policy and practice
    • 3) informing and educating stakeholders

Click here to apply for the Organizational Scholarship Fund electronically; please apply at least 30 days in advance of the event or conference.

You can also download an application and send it via email to alicia.cone@tn.gov, fax (615-532-6964) or mail to Alicia Cone, TN Council on Developmental Disabilities, Davy Crockett Tower, 1st Floor, 500 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37243.