Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities Scholarship Program

Access to knowledge is our passion.

When it comes to educational and career aspirations for individuals with disabilities, we don’t want anything to stand in the way. We believe every person, regardless of ability, has valuable strengths, infinite capacity to learn and the potential to make important contributions to our community. That’s why we’re proud to offer the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities Scholarship Program to assist individuals in making the most of their talents as they pursue education and promising careers.

Recipients of a scholarship will receive a one-time award of up to $500. Awards are paid directly to the institution or towards the purchase of supplies. Scholarships are awarded based on the strength of the applicant’s academic background, leadership skills and demonstrated passion.

All applications are reviewed within 45-days from receipt and applicants are noticed of award status by email.


The ideal applicant is an individual who:

  • Articulates his or her disability and recognizes the need for self-advocacy
  • Has demonstrated perseverance and is committed to achieving personal goals despite the challenges of disability



  • Be a Chandler resident
  • Provide two letters of recommendation
  • Provide most current documentation of an identified disability (A letter from a vocational rehabilitation office or physician)

Submit Application


Chandler Community Center
125 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Chandler, AZ 85225

Print Application

By Mail:

City of Chandler Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities
Mail Stop 501
P.O. Box 4008
Chandler, AZ 85244

Print Application

For more information regarding the Scholarship Program or assistance with the application, contact Collette Prather at 480-782-2709.


Therapeutic Recreation Offers Options for Participation and Accessibility

Cooking at Home through Therapeutic Recreation

In a pre-COVID world, participants in Chandler’s Therapeutic Recreation (TR) program enjoyed a full schedule of in-person retreats for individuals with disabilities, packed with enriching activities ranging from sports to cooking to games and social hours. 

As times have changed, Chandler Recreation has risen to the challenge to adapt this well-loved program to continue to offer the valuable creative and social activities that participants and their families need and enjoy.  

“There is always something happening in our area,” said Collette Prather, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. “When COVID hit … our team adapted, our staff rallied and found that there are many ways to bring joy and meaning to daily living — even while social distancing and without a recreation center.”

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