Scott Decker, M.D., Memorial Scholarship

The Amputee Coalition is excited to announce that we are now offering eligible high school seniors, recent high school graduates, adults returning to school, and current college students the opportunity to apply for the Scott Decker, M.D., Memorial Scholarship! The winner of this scholarship will be awarded $1,000 toward their college tuition in the 2019-2020 academic year. Preference will be given to applicants residing in Maryland, though applications will be accepted from non-Maryland residents as well. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 31, 2019.

The Scott Decker Memorial Fund is given in memory of J. Scott Decker, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon of Maryland who served mostly children with orthopedic problems. Dr. Decker passed away in 1989 after being diagnosed with cancer, and since then donations to the scholarship have been made by his circle of friends, family, and colleagues with the hope that his legacy of serving orthopedically challenged youth will continue.

IMPORTANT: Please read the following instructions before completing the online application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.


In order to apply for this scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a person with acquired or congenital limb loss
  • Be under 21 years of age, or a military veteran/active duty military personnel
  • Have a current grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Have minimum SAT/ACT scores in the 60th percentile (SAT score of about 1,600 out of 2,400 or ACT score of about 22 composite)
  • Currently be a high school senior, OR high school graduate, OR an adult student returning to school
  • Attending or will be attending an accredited college, university, or trade school as a full-time student (carrying at least 12 credit hours or equivalent)

Applicants must submit the following to the Amputee Coalition by the deadline of Friday, May 31, 2019. Documents that must be mailed to the Amputee Coalition must be postmarked on or before this deadline.

  • Completed online application form (below)
  • Complete official high school transcript
  • Documentation of ACT and/or SAT scores
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or someone who can attest to the applicant’s academic ability
  • An original personal statement about themselves and their professional goals

Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Life experience that reflects decency and kindness
  • Demonstrated perseverance and hard work
  • Academic performance
  • Realistic life/professional goals

The chosen scholarship recipient will be notified no later than Friday, June 28, 2019. The entire award is made in one payment to the student’s higher education institution upon verification of the student’s enrollment and full-time status.

Special Instructions for Questions 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the online application.

Question 7: To be eligible, the student must have a congenital limb difference or an amputation.

Questions 8 and 9: To be eligible, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and score 60th percentile on ACT composite score and/or SAT overall score. For the SAT, this would be 1600. For the ACT, this would be 22. Documentation of the student’s GPA and test score(s) must be mailed to the Amputee Coalition.

Question 10: To be eligible, you must attend college full-time in the fall semester.

Instructions for applicant’s personal statement: Please write a personal statement that is typed, double-spaced and no more than two pages in length. You must clearly address the following three questions:

  1. What are your reasons for attending college?
  2. What inspired you to select your particular course of study?
  3. What are your career goals?

You are hereby informed that the information supplied in this application may be used as follows: (1) in the processing and verification of the data supplied to determine your eligibility for this program; (2) for compilation and analysis of summary data relative to this program; and (3) for dissemination of information to the school. You are not required to provide the information supplied in this application. However, failure to submit requested data may prevent further processing of this application. The information supplied in this application may be shared with other public and private individuals and entities in order to use the information for the purposes specified above.
The Amputee Coalition does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, creed, or age in the administration of any of its employment opportunities, educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship programs, recreational programs, and other Amputee Coalition-administered programs.
By completing and submitting this form, you will be entered into our database and may receive communications from the Amputee Coalition from time to time.

REMEMBER: All supporting documents must be mailed to the Amputee Coalition by the application deadline. The envelope must be postmarked on or before May 31, 2019, and mailed to:
Attention: Scott Decker, M.D., Memorial Scholarship
Amputee Coalition
900 East Hill Avenue, Suite 390
Knoxville, TN 37915
Supporting Documents Checklist

  • Complete official high school/college transcript
  • Documentation of ACT and/or SAT scores
  • Letter of recommendation from a high-school adviser
  • Personal statement from the applicant

For more information about the scholarship or the application, please contact the Amputee Coalition at 888/267-5669.

Thank You.