LSEE​ is a non-profit educational endowment that provides scholarships for impoverished students with mobility-related disabilities in Peru, Vietnam & Uganda.


Our scholars rise above challenging circumstances with the drive to achieve career training and education to be providers for themselves and families.


Together we are positively influencing the way communities consider equality for students and professionals with mobility-related disabilities.

We are pleased to announce our name has changed to Laurie’s Scholars.

Our mission hasn't changed as we continue to grant scholarships to wheelchair bound individuals in developing countries.

We believe Laurie’s Scholars better describes the vision that Laurie Schoendorfer (the late wife of Don Schoendorfer, and cofounder of Free Wheelchair Mission) had to further assist mobility and financially challenged people by providing scholarships for college or vocational training.

Free Wheelchair Mission helps us find applicants with potential to gain financial independence through education but lack the resources to do so. Scholarships range from vocational school (1-6 months) to university programs (up to 5 years). Scholarships ranges from $500 to $1,800 for vocational school and $3,000 to $5,000 for university programs.


We are excited to announce October 26, 2022, as the date for our next virtual event.
We will update our website in October with a link to our event.

Scholars That Rise Above

We empower and support career advancement

of students with mobility disabilities in developing nations.

The Laurie Schoendorfer Endowment for Education would like to thank those who attended and donated at our first annual event on October 7, 2021, which raised enough to fund 10 more scholarships!  The video highlights documentary interviews with two successful graduates, as well as live Q&A with our Founders.