College Scholarship

The Ability Center works to ensure that people with disabilities have opportunities to achieve higher education. In partnership with The Ability Center Auxiliary, we provide critical college scholarships to area students with disabilities.

One in a Million.

Most people with multiple autoimmune conditions would consider the odds against them when pursuing their dreams. But Olivia Ohmer is thinking differently.

Read more about Livy.

An autoimmune condition is relatively rare, so having more than one is highly uncommon. Olivia Ohmer has three.

At age three, doctors diagnosed Livy with Type 1 Diabetes. A year later, they discovered she had Hashimoto’s Thyroid Disease. For Livy, managing those chronic conditions meant learning personal responsibility far earlier than most people her age. By her estimate, she makes an extra 30-40 daily decisions most of us never need to consider.

Olivia attends Adrian College, where she plays on the school’s golf team. Not long ago, doctors informed her she had Solar Urticaria, a rare allergic reaction to sun exposure. Determined not to let that diagnosis prevent her from playing competitive golf, Livy resolved to overpower this condition as she does the others.

Livy received a college scholarship from The Ability Center Auxiliary in 2022. A member of the Honors College, she studies biology and public health and plans on becoming a physician assistant specializing in elderly care. Olivia understands the importance of patient care needs at all ages and hopes to advocate on behalf of vulnerable patient populations.

While most golfers go a lifetime without making a hole-in-one, Livy has two to her credit. Whether beating the odds on the golf course or handling the rarest medical conditions, she is truly one in a million.

The application deadline for the 2023/24 academic year is March 31, 2023

Eligibility Requirements

For scholarship consideration, applicants must meet all eligibility requirements.

    • Be an individual with a disability
    • Have a permanent address in Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Defiance, Williams county in Ohio or in Monroe or Lenawee county in Michigan
    • Carry at least a 3.0 GPA
    • Be enrolled in a post-secondary degree program

Instructions for Applying

The application deadline for the 2023/24 academic year is March 31, 2023.

  • Download the application here.
  • Complete the entire application. Incomplete or late applications will prevent you from scholarship consideration.
  • Attach your current certified transcript. Must have 3.0 GPA.
  • High school seniors must enclose proof of acceptance into a college or university.
  • New graduate students must enclose proof of acceptance into a graduate program.
  • Please include only three written references from individuals unrelated to you.
  • Include your essay.

PLEASE NOTE: To be eligible, student must be a person with a disability, and their permanent address must be in our service area of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas,Ottawa, Wood, or Williams counties in Ohio, or Monroe or Lenawee counties in Michigan.

If you have questions, please email Lisa Justice or call 419.885.5733.