The Fellowship is named in honor of Ms. Staton's grandmother, Ethel Louise Armstrong, who exemplified self-determination and resistance in the face of socially imposed constraints. As a young woman with a physical disability growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Ms. Staton was inspired by her grandmother' s insistence on excelling in postsecondary education despite social conventions during her time that denied women opportunities for school and work. Ms. Staton earned her M.Ed in counseling, worked in Washington DC to promote accessibility, and, in 1994, founded the ELA Foundation to promote full inclusion of people with disabilities in the world.
Recipients of the Ethel Louise Armstrong (ELA) Endowed Ph.D. Fellowship will receive payment of tuition in the Disability Studies program at UIC and an annual stipend of $18,000. The funder stipulates that applicants must be women with physical disabilities (UIC also has funding options open to other under-represented students.). Applicants for the ELA Fellowship must also meet admission requirements for entrance into the Disability Studies program. The application deadline for Fall 2010 domestic admission is May 7, 2010. For more information about the ELA Fellowship application process, please contact:
Sarah Rothberger, MFA
Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Disability Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago (MC 626)
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Chicago, IL 60608 U.S.A.
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