The Paul Mattera scholarship is presented in honor of my brother, Paul Mattera, a quadriplegic who suffers from a variety of severe mental and physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy and microcephaly. Having grown up with Paul, I know firsthand the unique challenges faced by the family members of the disabled, particularly the siblings, whose personal struggles are too often overlooked. Although I love my brother dearly, his disabilities put a great degree of stress on myself and my family -- a burden that most children are privileged enough not to bear.

In awarding two scholarships of $500 each, I hope to lighten the burden of an individual who, like myself, has been challenged by this unique circumstance.


  • Graduating high school senior that will be enrolled in an accredited university during the 2016 fall semester.
  • Must have a disabled sibling
  • Applications must be received by midnight on June 1, 2016

The Essay:

In 750 words (or less), please explain how having a disabled sibling has affected your outlook on life.
Attach as a .pdf, .doc, .docx, or .txt in the submission form below.

2015 Winners

Mercedas Adams, Wayne State University

Clayton Degruchy, Drexel University