Ability is AT&T's Employee Resource Group dedicated to creating a culture
of understanding, awareness, advancement and advocacy for individuals with disabilities.

$1,000 Ability ERG Scholarship Program

The 2019 Ability $1,000 college scholarship program is now accepting applications. We will close the acceptance of applications on January 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

  • The purpose of the Ability scholarship is to raise awareness of and sensitivity towards people with disabilities - it is not limited to applicants with disabilities – anyone who is eligible can apply.
  • Winners will be announced by May 2019.
  • The scholarship money can be used towards any college related costs, to include tuition, room/board, and books.

Please read the following information BEFORE emailing questions to the Administrator. Due to time constraints, any emails with questions that can be answered on this page will NOT be replied to.


  • Open to either high school seniors or college undergraduates who will be attending an undergraduate collegiate program in 2019.
  • High school juniors attending dual-enrollment programs are NOT eligible.
  • There is no age limit.

Requirements for All Applicants

  • The application consists of providing an OFFICIAL school transcript, information about extra-curricular activities, employment and achievements/awards, and an essay (choice of 2 - 500 word recommended length).
  • Information about extra-curricular activities, employment and achievements/awards can include both high school and college years.
  • High School applicants also need to provide either an acceptance letter from a college OR a letter from a HS guidance counselor simply stating that the applicant intends to attend college in 2019.
  • Letters of recommendation are NOT required nor considered in the evaluation process.
  • Transcripts MUST be OFFICIAL - applicants providing UNOFFICIAL transcripts will be disqualified from consideration.
  • HS seniors taking dual enrollment classes ONLY need to provide an official HS transcript, not any from a college - the HS transcript should show the dual enrollment classes and their associated grades.
  • Applicants must approve a release authorizing Ability to use the applicant’s name on the Ability website and in the Ability newsletter.


  • The deadline for the Program Administrator to receive all required materials is January 31, 2019 - NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Ensure official school transcripts and letters are requested well in advance so they arrive prior to the above deadline. Any materials arriving past the deadline will not be accepted.

Additional Information

  • All information should be available to complete and submit an application in one web login session, as unfortunately, there is no capability to save work and then edit/modify it at a later time.
  • Once the initial application is submitted, applicants will be emailed information on how to submit additional information electronically or via US mail afterwards (prior to the deadline).
  • Transcripts and any additional information may be attached to the application during the initial submission, and afterwards either via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed (allow sufficient time to arrive BEFORE the deadline), addressed to:

Andrew Lombardo
AT&T Ability Scholarship Administrator
200 S. Laurel Avenue
Room E5-2D34
Middletown, NJ 07748-1914

Before You Apply

Gather and prepare as much of the following information as you can before you start your application.

  • GPA, Class rank
  • Essay response (500 word recommended length)
  • Community involvement summary
  • Achievements and awards
  • Work experience
  • College Undergraduate: Official college transcript
  • High School Senior: Official High School transcript and copy of college admission letter or letter from high school guidance counselor indicating intent of college attendance

The application CANNOT be modified/updated once submitted.

Official transcript, admission acceptance letter, or letter from guidance counselor can be submitted separately afterwards - directions are provided via email after application submission.

Applicants are often disqualified because of late or missing transcripts/letter submissions - do not underestimate the time required to obtain a copy of your OFFICIAL transcript!

All files submitted should be in a common file format - preferred formats include PDF, Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Open Document (.odt). Other files types (jpg, gif, tif, gif, xls, png) may be accepted. If you cannot provide an acceptable common file type, contact the webmaster for assistance.

Essay Questions (Select One)

Question 1

Identify an issue in your high school or on your college campus that students with disabilities may face.  Describe how you believe this issue could be resolved and identify who on your campus might be able to help institute your idea for change.

Question 2

The CDC lists seven possible barriers to the inclusion of people with disabilities on the following website, https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/disability-barriers.html.  Select one and develop a solution that could lessen its impact on someone with a physical or mental disability.

Begin Application

Apply by clicking the link below. Alternatively you can download the paper application and apply by mail.

Begin Application for $1,000 Scholarship

Scholarship Committee

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