Gorman-Metz Scholarship for Students With Disabilities Applications Due 6/23

By Menzel Smith-Jones

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Brookhaven Laboratory offers the annual $5,000 Gorman-Metz Scholarship to a college student with a disability (as defined by the Americans with Disability Act) whose parent is a current employee, a retiree, or passed away while an active employee at the Lab. Although the scholarship is administered by Brookhaven Lab, a team at the National Center for Disability Services, in Albertson, New York, selects the awardee.

There Are Many Types of Disabilities

There are many types of disabilities that are considered for reasonable accommodation in the workplace, and are applicable for the Gorman-Metz Scholarship. This list, provided by the Job Accommodation Network, includes many but is not exhaustive:

Addison's Disease Aging Albinism
Alcoholism Allergies Alzheimer's Disease
Amputation Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)/Lou Gehrig's Disease Anxiety Disorder
Arthritis Ataxia Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
Auditory Processing Disorder Autism Spectrum Back Impairment
Bipolar Disorder Bladder Impairment Bleeding Disorder
Blindness Body Odor Brain Injury
Burn Injury Cancer Cataplexy
Cerebral Palsy Charcot-Marie-Tooth Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Chronic Pain Colorblind/Color Vision Deficiency COVID-19
Cumulative Trauma Conditions Deafness Depression
Diabetes Drug Addiction Dystonia
Eating Disorders Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Electrical Sensitivity
Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder Essential Tremors Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fibromyalgia Food Allergy Fragrance Sensitivity
Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD, Acid Reflux, Heartburn) Gastrointestinal Disorders Graves' Disease
Guillain Barre' Syndrome Hand Amputation Hearing Impairment
Heart Condition Hepatitis Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Huntington's Disease Intellectual Impairment Latex Allergy
Learning Disability Leg Impairment Little Person
Long COVID Low Vision Lupus
Lyme Disease Marfan Syndrome Mental Health Conditions
Migraines Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Myasthenia Gravis
Obesity Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Paraplegia
Parkinson's Disease Personality Disorder Phobias
Poliomyelitis (Polio)/Post Polio Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
Pregnancy Quadriplegia Raynaud's Disease
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Renal/Kidney Disease Respiratory Impairments
Sarcoidosis Schizophrenia Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Shingles Sickle Cell Anemia Skin Conditions
Sleep Disorder Speech-Language Impairment Spina Bifida
Stroke Stuttering Thyroid Disorders
Tourette Syndrome Vertigo  

How to Apply

The application form is on the Lab’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office website.

Applicants must be students matriculating toward a graduate or professional degree, and preference is given to studies in science, engineering, and math. Students attending undergraduate school also may apply, but they will be given consideration only in years when no graduate applicants have applied.

Applicants who wish to undertake a course of study that does not fall within the guidelines may be deemed eligible if the Gorman-Metz Scholarship Committee approves the course of study.

The selection criteria include academic records, references, career goals, and other factors deemed appropriate by the committee. The scholarship will be granted independent of financial need and without regard to other forms of aid, and will be paid in two $2,500 installments, one per semester. The recipient must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or, in the case of a foreign institution, deemed by the Lab’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office to possess equivalent accreditation.

In the case of unrelated dependents, including those whose parents are domestic partners, eligibility will be established if the employee regularly claims the applicant as a dependent for income tax purposes, or if the applicant normally resides in the employee’s household, which must include the two-year period immediately prior to applying for a scholarship.

Completed application forms along with a one-page, double-spaced essay that summarizes the objective of the applicant’s education program and long-term professional goals must be completed and received by the Inclusion & Diversity Office by Friday, June 23.

The scholarship was established through the generosity of Donald and Dorothy Metz, who both had long careers at the Lab, and is named in memory of the Metz's parents. It was first awarded in 1997.

Please direct questions to Menzel Smith-Jones at Ext. 3164 or mjones@bnl.gov.

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