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Post-Secondary Academic Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

Contents:

Tips on General Scholarships available to Everyone
Disability Scholarship Resources
Scholarships Inclusive of Students with Disabilities
Scholarships, Savings Plans and Grants for Iowa Students
General Physical Disabilities
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autoimmune Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Blind/Low Vision
Cancer
Craniofacial Differences
Crohn's Disease / Ulcerative Colitis / Ostomy
Cystic Fibrosis
Deaf/Hearing Loss
Diabetes
Dwarfism
Ectodermal Dysplasias
Epilepsy
Hemophilia and Related Disorders
Hydrocephalus
Immune Deficiency
Learning Disabilities
Multiple Sclerosis
Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform Disorder, or Schizoaffective Disorder
Spina Bifida
Stickler Syndrome
Non-Traditional Learners

Tips on General Scholarships available to Everyone

Scholarships are becoming more common for people with disabilities as the population swells in colleges and technical schools. That being said, it is wise to keep your options open in financial planning for higher education. Be flexible! Explore scholarships available to all students as well as funding available for students from diverse ethnic backgrounds, first generation college students, students from low income families and students with a history of overcoming adversity. Here are a few general overview sites:

CareerOneStop Scholarship Search
http://www.careerinfonet.org/scholarshipsearch/ScholarshipCategory.asp?searchtype=category&nodeid=22

College Board Big Future: Grants and Scholarships
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/grants-scholarships

Fastweb
http://www.fastweb.com

Federal Student Aid: Finding and Applying for Scholarships
http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships

FinAid: Scholarships for Average Students
http://www.finaid.org/scholarships/average.phtml

Upward Bound Program/TRIO
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/trioupbound/index.html

Disability Scholarship Resources

Disaboom.com: Disability Scholarships

Comprehensive, condition-specific, and group-specific disability scholarship categories.
Website: http://www.disaboom.com/scholarships

The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center

HEATH Resource Center is a "web-based clearinghouse that serves as an information exchange of educational resources, support services and opportunities."
2134 G Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20052-0001
Contact: askheath@gwu.edu
Website: http://www.heath.gwu.edu

Michigan State University Libraries: Grants for Individuals: The Disabled

A frequently updated selection of post-secondary educational opportunities specifically for the disability community.
Website: http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/3disable.htm

Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship

A non-renewable $5,000 scholarship from Microsoft and DisAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG) targeted to high school seniors with visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, or speech disabilities who plan to attend a two to four year university or college program in the United States with a major in: engineering, computer science, computer information systems, paralegal, pre-law, finance, business administration or marketing. Applicants must demonstrate a passion for technology as well as leadership in their high school and/or community. Deadline: March 15.
Website: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx

Projecto Vision

The largest multi-cultural resource on the web for disability-related scholarships.
Website: http://www.proyectovision.net/english/opportunities/scholarships.html

Social Security Administration: Plan to Achieve Self-Support (PASS)

If you have a disability and are receiving (or qualify for) supplemental security income (SSI), you can set aside income and other resources toward college expenses without endangering your SSI benefits.
Website: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityresearch/wi/pass.htm

Think College!: College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities: Paying for College

Hints on working your way through college using grants, scholarships, and waivers.
Website: http://www.thinkcollege.net/topics/paying-for-college

Through the Looking Glass Scholarship

Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families offer scholarships specifically for high school seniors or college students who have parents with disabilities. A total of fifteen (15) $1,000 scholarships are available; five of the fifteen will be reserved for extreme financial hardship. There are separate eligibility requirements for high school seniors and for college students. Deadline: March 5.
Phone: (800) 644-2666
Website: http://lookingglass.org/services/national-services/scholarships

University of Iowa Student Disability Services: Disability-Related National Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Resources

A thorough, up-to-date resource for scholarships with the added benefit of sites for support of self care.
Website: http://www.uiowa.edu/sds/scholarships.shtml

World Institute on Disability Proyecto Visión

The largest multi-cultural resource on the web for disability-related scholarships.
Website: http://www.proyectovision.net/english/opportunities/scholarships.html

Wrightslaw: Loans, Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students

This Web guide for college bound students suggests specific scholarships, articles, and publications to customize your funding search.
Website: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/fin.aid.index.htm

Scholarships Inclusive of Students with Disabilities

AMBUCS Scholarship Program

National AMBUCS awards range from $500 to $1,500 annually to graduate students pursuing degrees in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and audiology. There is one two-year award in the amount of $6,000.
Website: http://www.ambucs.org/scholars/

American Association on Health and Disability Scholarship

Applicants must be a high school graduate, have a documented disability and provide documentation of their disability. Applicants must also be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US and enrolled in, or accepted by, an accredited US four year university or graduate school on a full-time basis. Preference will be given to students majoring in public health, disability studies, health promotion or a field related to disability and health. Deadline: November 15.
Contact:(301) 545-6140 ext. 206
Website: http://www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program

Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Sophomore Americas Scholarship Program

A highly competitive scholarship for individuals from historically underrepresented groups (i.e. women, students with disabilities, African Americans, LGBT, Hispanics, Native Americans, and military veterans) who desire a career in the financial services sector. A $5,000 award will be paid directly to their schools to be used towards tuition and academic expenses. Scholarship recipients will also receive an offer to join the 2014 Sophomore Americas Internship Program. Deadline: December 16.
Website: http://careers.bankofamerica.com/JobDetails.aspx?JobId=1300054258

disABLEDperson, Inc. National Scholarship Competition for College Students with Disabilities

Students must be enrolled full-time in a 2 or 4 year accredited college in the United States, and complete an essay stipulated by the sponsoring organization. The competition award is $1000. Deadline: March 1.
Executive Director
disABLEDperson Inc.
PO Box 230636
Encinitas, CA 92023-0636
Phone: (760) 420-1269
Website: https://www.disabledperson.com/scholarships/15

Foundation for Science and Disability Student Award Program

Available to fourth year undergraduates (who are disabled and have been accepted to a graduate or professional school in the sciences) and graduate science students who have a disability. Awards of $1000 each are made to qualified college or university students in any field of Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Technology, or Engineering. Deadline: December 1.
Website: http://www.stemd.org/

Incight Scholarship

Up to 100 scholarships awarded annually to community service oriented students with disabilities whose goals include academic endeavors beyond high school. Scholarship awards range from $500-$2500, with distribution being 80% West Coast and 20% national.
Website: http://www.incighteducation.org/faq/

Student with a Disability Scholarship

This scholarship is available annually to full-time graduate students with a disability who are enrolled in a communication sciences and disorders program and who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. The award is supported by the Leslie Londer Fund and the American Business Clubs.
Website: http://www.ashfoundation.org/donations/LonderFund/ http://www.ashfoundation.org/donations/LonderFund/

Scholarships, Savings Plans and Grants for Iowa Students

All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship

Students attending eligible Iowa colleges and universities may receive awards of up to $7,806 for the 2012-13 academic year. Priority will be given to students who participated in the Federal TRIO Programs (including current participants at Educational Opportunity Centers), students who graduated from alternative high schools or participated in alternative high school programs, and to homeless youth. Deadline: March 1.
Website: http://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/ScholarshipsGrants/alliowaopportunityScholarship.html

Iowa College Foundation Scholarship Programs

The ICF secures financial backing for scholarships at any of 25 Iowa member colleges and universities. The goal of the foundation is to keep talented students in the state of Iowa by providing for high quality education. Distributions averaging $1,000 per student are distributed semiannually in June and December, with approximate 200 individuals benefiting annually.
Iowa College Foundation
505 5th Ave #1034
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 282-0473
Contact: sue@iaicu-icf.edu
Major Scholarships: http://www.iowacollegefoundation.org/programs_major.html
Targeted Scholarships: http://www.iowacollegefoundation.org/programs_targeted.html
Endowed Scholars Program: http://www.iowacollegefoundation.org/programs_endowed.html

College Savings Iowa 529 Plan

College Savings Iowa is designed to provide families a tax-advantaged way to save money for their children’s higher education. Parents, grandparents, and others can invest in College Savings Iowa on behalf of a child. The money grows tax-free and is state and federally tax exempt if used to pay for qualified education expenses. Participants in College Savings Iowa can also take advantage of the Upromise Rewards service, which enables families to earn cash rewards from their everyday spending.
Michael L. Fitzgerald
Treasurer of the State of Iowa
College Savings Iowa
P.O. Box 55119
Boston, MA 02205-5119
Phone: (888) 672-9116
Contact: csi@iowa.gov
Website: https://collegesavingsiowa.s.upromise.com

Iowa Grant

The Iowa Grant is available to assist Iowa students attending Regent Universities, independent colleges and universities, and community colleges throughout Iowa. Priority is given to students with the greatest financial need. The maximum grant is $1,000 per year for up to four years of full-time, undergraduate study (adjusted for less than full-time enrollment). Eligible colleges and universities receive Iowa Grant allocations, then campus financial aid officials award grants to students with the greatest financial need. Eligibility criteria: •Iowa residents •Undergraduate enrollment •Enrolled at Iowa college or university.
Website: http://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/ScholarshipsGrants/iowagrant.html

Robert D. Blue Scholarship

Financial assistance for deserving Iowa high school seniors or to college students, enrolling in or currently attending an Iowa institution of higher learning. Students must demonstrate literary and scholastic achievement, exhibit courage and humanity, and possess strong moral character. Scholarship amounts vary between $500 and $1000. Deadline: May 10 (Applications are accepted online only.)
State Treasurer's Office
Capitol Bldg.
Des Moines IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-3067
Contact: treasurer@tos.state.ia.us
Website: http://www.rdblue.org/scholarship

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust: Carver Scholars

The program centers on providing substantial scholarships to students who struggle to overcome significant social and economic obstacles in the pursuit of their education or who may be living in circumstances that may not normally be taken into account by other financial aid programs. Carver Scholars are juniors and seniors who attend one of Iowa's three public universities or 22 selected private colleges in the state. Deadline: April 1.
Contact: https://www.carvertrust.org/index.php?page=107
Website: https://www.carvertrust.org/index.php?page=44

Ak Sar Ben Horatio Alger Scholarship Program

Scholarships are available to young people in Nebraska and western Iowa who have overcome extreme financial obstacles and adversity. Fifty $6,000 scholarships are available. High school students in the following counties are eligible to apply: Adair, Adams, Audubon, Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Freemont, Greene, Guthrie, Harrison, Ida, Lyon, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, O'Brien, Osceola, Page, Pottawattamie, Plymouth, Ringgold, Sac, Shelby, Sioux, Taylor, Union, and Woodbury. Deadline: October.
Website: https://www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/program_AkSarBen.cfm

Autism Society of Iowa Chapter Scholarship Program

A scholarship program with two types of scholarships: one for a student who is on the autism spectrum, and one for a student who will work in the field of autism upon completion of their post-secondary education. Deadline: March 15.
Website: http://support.autism-society.org/site/Clubs?club_id=1164&sid=17682&pg=other

Hamilton Relay Scholarship

The goal of the Hamilton Relay Scholarship is to support individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech disabled in their post-secondary education. The $500 Hamilton Relay Scholarship is extended to a qualifying student living within a state where Hamilton Relay is the contracted telecommunications relay service provider: AZ, DC, GA, ID, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MT, NM, PA, RI, UT or WY. Deadline: March 30.
Hamilton Relay
1001 12th St
Aurora NE 68818
Voice/TTY: 888-516-4692
Fax: (402) 694-5110
Website: http://www.hamiltonrelay.com/corporate/whats_new/index.html?topic=details&ni=240

Hemophilia of Iowa Scholarship Fund

Member families of Hemophilia of Iowa with a high school senior enrolled in a degree seeking program at an accredited U.S. college, university or trade school may seek one of several scholarships for students with bleeding disorders or immediate family members of persons with a bleeding disorder. Must have an active treatment plan for either hemophilia or a related bleeding/clotting disorder. Deadline: March 30.
Website: http://www.hemophiliaofiowa.org

Iowa PKU Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is open to any Iowa college-age young person with PKU who is on the phenylketonuria diet. Applicants must be accepted to a accredited college or technical school before the scholarship is awarded, but may apply for the scholarship before acceptance is confirmed. Financial need will be considered, but is not crucial. You can be awarded a scholarship without having significant financial need. Deadline: November 1.
Contact: 515-225-0949 (Home – ask for Blythe) bstanfel@gmail.com

Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa Scholarships

Three $1,000 scholarships to assist Iowa students with learning disabilities in pursuing a post-secondary education at an accredited institution which provides a two- or four-year college program or vocational training. Deadline: March 31.
Phone: (712) 274-5136
Website: http://www.lda-ia.org/index.htm

Spina Bifida Association of Iowa

A scholarship, usually around $500, available to member applicants. Individuals must have a diagnosis of spina bifida in order to qualify for the program.
PO Box 1456
Des Moines, IA 50305
Contact: spinabifidaiowa@yahoo.com
Phone: (515) 964-8810
Website: http://sbaia.org/programs/scholarship-program/

Scholarships.com: Iowa Scholarships

21 prestigious scholarships for which young Iowans are eligible.
Website: http://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/iowa-scholarships.aspx

Iowa State University Student Disability Services: Scholarship Information

Find information about the Keith Sargent Scholarship, the Elizabeth R. Hansen Endowed Scholarship, and the ELA Foundation Scholarship – all for students with disabilities.
Student Disability Resources
Dean of Students Office
Academic Success Center
1076 Student Services Building
Ames, IA 50011-2222
Contact: disabilityresources@iastate.edu
Website: http://www.dso.iastate.edu/dr/scholarship

University of Northern Iowa Student Financial Aid

Inquire about the availability of the Charlotte Ann Field Memorial Scholarship for mobility impairment. Many other opportunities are listed in the UNI online scholarship directory.
Financial Aid
105 Gilchrist Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
Phone: (800) 772-2736
Website: http://www.uni.edu/finaid

University of Iowa Braverman Scholarship for University of Iowa Graduate/Professional Studies Scholars

The David and Rosalie Braverman Scholarship, administered by the Office of Student Disability Services, is awarded to a University of Iowa Graduate or Professional Studies program scholar with a documented disability in an amount up to $2,000. Deadline: June 1.
Student Disability Services
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-1462
Contact: sds-information@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.uiowa.edu/~sds

University of Iowa Student Disability Services: Disability-Related National Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Resources

Website: http://www.uiowa.edu/sds/scholarships.shtml

General Physical Disabilities

180 Medical College Scholarship Program

Five $1,000 scholarships for students with spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis or neurogenic bladder.
Phone: (877) 688-2729
Website: http://www.180medical.com/scholarships

1800wheelchair.com Scholarship Award

Two $500 scholarship to an undergraduate student in good stand who has maintained a grade point of at least 3.0. College-bound students age 16 or older qualify for the essay-based scholarship. Deadline: June.
1-800-Wheelchair Scholarship
320 Roebling St Ste 515
Brooklyn NY 11211
Website: http://www.1800wheelchair.com/scholarship

AmeriGlide Achiever Scholarship

Financial assistance for books or other school related supplies to deserving full-time college students who use a manual or electric wheelchair, or a mobility scooter. Deadline: July 31.
AmeriGlide
3901A Commerce Park Dr
Raleigh NC 27610
Contact: ameriglide09@gmail.com
Phone: (800) 790-1635
Website: http://www.ameriglide.com/Scholarship

Amputee Coalition of America's Christina Skoski, M.D., Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship to a full-time undergraduate student who has a congenital limb difference or an amputation and who is, or whose parent or legal guardian is, a current member of the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA). The member's ACA membership number must be included in the application. Deadline: March 15.
Amputee Coalition of America
Phone: (888) 267-5669
Website: http://www.amputee-coalition.org/events-programs/scholarships/skoski/index.html

Chairscholars Foundation

On the premise that "No physical impairment should deter a motivated mind," the Chairscholars National Program is available to high school seniors and college freshmen. Fifteen to twenty new students are taken yearly and are given $1,000-5,000 per year for each college year to a maximum of $20,000 total. Deadline: April.
1610 Carencia Lane
Odessa, FL 33556
Phone: (813) 920-1981 or (813) 785-6658
Contact: chairscholars@tampabay.rr.com
Website: http://chairscholars.org/index.php/apply-for-a-scholarship/national-program

Express Ramps Annual Scholarship Program

This new scholarship of $500 will be awarded to a student currently enrolled in higher education who has financial need and who has demonstrated the ability to overcome mobility issues. Deadline: December 15.
Website: http://www.portable-wheelchair-ramps.com/scholarship.aspx

Independence Foundation Scholarship

The Independence Foundation Scholarship was created to help individuals with physical disabilities pay for the ever growing expense of college. The Scholarship of $500 will be awarded to (3) three individuals with a noteworthy physical disability. Deadline: April.
Website: http://www.theindependencefoundation.org

JustWalkers.com Mobility Scholarship Program

Just Walkers is offering a $1,000 scholarship to undergraduate or graduate students with a mobility disability. To apply, students write an essay answering the question, "Describe a time when you faced a major obstacle. What did you do and what did the experience teach you?" Deadline: June 30.
Contact: scholarship@justwalkers.com
Website: http://justwalkers.com/mobility-scholarship-program

National Amputation Foundation Claude S. Weiler Scholarship

The Claude S. Weiler Scholarship provides six $500 scholarships each year to post-secondary students with major limb amputation. Deadline: July 31.
National Amputation Foundation
Claude S. Weiler Scholarship Coordinator
40 Church St.
Malverne, NY 11565
Website: http://nationalamputation.org/scholar1.html

National FFA Organization B.R.I.D.G.E. Endowment Fund

A $5,000 scholarship for an FFA member with a physical disability who is pursuing a two- or four-year degree in the field of agriculture. Deadline: February 15.
Website: https://www.ffa.org/Documents/sch_bridge.pdf

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Scholarship Program

PVA's Educational Scholarship Program was established in 1986 to help Paralyzed Veterans life members and their immediate families gain post-secondary education from accredited colleges and universities across America. Deadline: June 1.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
801 Eighteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-3517
Phone: (800) 555-9140
Contact: info@pva.org
Website: http://www.pva.org/site/c.ajIRK9NJLcJ2E/b.6305559/k.FBA1/Scholarship_Program.htm

Silver Cross Ability Achievement Scholarship

The scholarship is offered to a full time college student who uses manual or powered mobility while attending classes. One applicant will receive the $3000 award. Deadline: December 31.
Website: http://www.silvercross.com/scholarship.html

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Moulton-Farnsworth Scholarship

Each year, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association awards two scholarships for $2,000 each to students with ADHD who have found ways to meet the challenges of ADHD in order to succeed. Deadline: March 15.
Website: http://www.add.org/?page=MoultonFarnsworth&hhSearchTerms=moulton

Novotni Scholarship

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association awards several scholarships annually ranging from $1,000-$5000 to students with ADHD who have demonstrated the ability to succeed.  Deadline: March 15.
Website: http://www.add.org/?page=NovotniScholarship&hhSearchTerms=novotni

Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship by Shire

This scholarship is intended for US citizens accepted to or attending an approved college, university, vocational, or technical school as an undergraduate student that has been diagnosed with ADHD and is under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD. The award also offers a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services. Fifty one-time scholarships will be awarded June 2014. Deadline: March 19.
Website: http://www.shireadhdscholarship.com/us/default.aspx

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Society of Iowa Chapter Scholarship Program

A scholarship program with two types of scholarships: one for a student who is on the autism spectrum, and one for a student who will work in the field of autism upon completion of their post-secondary education. Deadline: March 1.
Website: http://support.autism-society.org/site/Clubs?club_id=1164&sid=17682&pg=other

Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship Program

Administered through the auspices of the Organization for Autism Research, eligible students may be attending any of the types of institutions that fall under the Schwallie Family Scholarship Program criteria (below), as well as one of the growing number of certificate and life skills / transition programs.

Organization for Autism Research
Attn: Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship Program
2000 N. 14th St, Ste 710
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 243-9710
Website: www.researchautism.org/news/otherevents/scholarship.asp

Schwallie Family Scholarship Program

Supports qualified individuals with autism or Asperger Syndrome in the United States pursuing post-secondary education. An award of $3,000 each is given in the following categories:

  • Four-year undergraduate college or university
  • Two-year undergraduate college
  • Trade, technical, or vocational school

Deadline: April 30.
Organization for Autism Research
Attn: Schwallie Family Scholarship
2000 N. 14th St, Ste 710
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 243-9710
Website: http://www.researchautism.org/news/otherevents/scholarship.asp

Autoimmune Disorders

UCB Rheumatoid Arthritis Scholarship Program

UCB is offering 30, one-time scholarships of up to $5,000 to people diagnosed with RA or an immediate family member (parent, spouse, child, or sibling) of someone with RA who is seeking a post-high school degree. Individuals of all ages are welcome to apply. The scholarship can be used for an associate's, undergraduate, or graduate degree, or a trade school certificate. Deadline: March 16.
Website: http://www.reachbeyondra.com/ucb-scholarship/ra-scholarship/

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Lives Scholarship

A merit-based cash award of $1,000 to the person who most eloquently communicates important information about bipolar disorder. Deadline June 15.
Website: http://www.bipolar-lives.com/bipolar-scholarships.html#.UnsYJKHnbGg

Charles A. Olayinka Memorial Scholarship (Peace Charlie Essay)

Applicants will compete for the $1,000 scholarship by writing an essay that will raise public awareness of how negative stereotypes affect people with mental illness. Individuals with bipolar disorder who are under the care of a licensed mental health professional and who are enrolled in, or are entering, a U.S. college are encouraged to apply. Applications accepted June 1.
Website: http://peacecharlie.com/essay/

See also: Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform Disorder, or Schizoaffective Disorder section.

Blind/Low Vision

American Council of the Blind Scholarships

The ACB sponsors more than two dozen scholarships to students who are legally blind and enrolled in an academic or program. Amounts awarded vary. Applicants will be considered for every ACB scholarship for which they are eligible.
American Council of the Blind
Attn: Terry Pacheco
Coordinator of Affiliate and Member Services
1155 15th St NW, Ste 1004
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 467-5081 or (800) 424-8666
Website: http://acb.org/node/1519

American Foundation for the Blind Scholarship Program

For any of its national scholarships destined for deserving students, the American Foundation for the Blind requires a recently signed letter on a single page of official stationery from an optometrist, ophthalmologist, or state or private agency for the blind, certifying that you are legally blind. No other statements, medical reports, or affidavits will be accepted. The letter must clearly state that you are legally blind (i.e., have best corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye, and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees in the better eye. Deadline: April.
AFB Information Center
Phone: (800) 232-5463
Website: http://www.afb.org/scholarships.asp

American Foundation for the Blind Guide: Other Scholarships and Grants for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Twenty organizations and colleges offering scholarships to students who are legally blind or who are visually impaired. Additional information on alternative formats available from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid for post-secondary students with vision loss.
Website: http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?DocumentID=1845

Association of Blind Citizens

One Reggie Johnson Memorial Scholarship of $2000 and eight scholarships of $1000 are available. Applicants must be legally blind, be a U.S. legal resident and provide proof of acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning or a recognized vocational program once the individual has been awarded a scholarship. See website for more information about the application process. Deadline: April 15.
Address: Association of Blind Citizens, PO Box 246, Holbrook, MA 02343
Phone: (781) 961-1023
Contact: scholarship@blindcitizens.org
Website: http://www.blindcitizens.org/abc_scholarship.htm

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International Scholarship Program

The Fred Scheigert Scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis to full-time college students with low vision in individual amounts of $3,000. Two additional scholarships are offered to full-time entering freshmen, undergraduate and graduate college students who are low vision, maintain a strong GPA and are involved in their school/local community. Deadline: March 1.
CCLVI
324 S Diamond Bar Blvd #128
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Phone: (800) 733-2258
Website: http://www.cclvi.org/scholarships/

Jewish Guild Healthcare Guildscholar Program

Twelve to sixteen scholarships are awarded annually to legally blind college-bound high school seniors. Open to applicants of all beliefs with the proviso that the chosen college admissions policies must be non-denominational and open to applicants of all religions, faiths and beliefs. Deadline: September 15.
Website: http://www.guildhealth.org/Programs-And-Services-Overview/Awards-And-Scholarships/GuildScholar-College-Scholarships

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship

Each year the NFB gives a broad array of scholarships -- ranging from $3,000 up to $12,000 -- to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be legally blind and pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time, postsecondary course of study in a degree program at a United States institution of higher education. In addition, one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Each applicant will be considered for all scholarships for which he or she qualifies. Deadline: March 31.
NFB Scholarship Committee
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410) 659-9314
Website: https://nfb.org/scholarships

Learning Ally® National Achievement Awards

The Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Awards are presented to outstanding college seniors who are legally blind or visually impaired. Nine students are selected to receive awards for academic excellence, leadership and service. Deadline: March 1.
Website: https://www.learningally.org/about-learning-ally/awards/

Cancer

American Cancer Society Youth Scholarship Program (Midwest Division)

Provides young cancer survivors – who are legal residents of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin – scholarships in the amount of $1,000 per individual, paid directly to the institution of higher learning on the student's behalf. Applicant must be a survivor diagnosed with cancer before age 21 and is currently under age 25 at the time of application. Former recipients may reapply if they are still under age 25. Deadline: March 15.
Website: http://www.cancer.org/MyAcs/Midwest/youthscholarship

Beyond the Cure Scholarship Program

The National Children's Cancer Society awards 40 $3,000 college scholarships to childhood cancer survivors who are under the age of 25 and who have demonstrated the ability to overcome the difficult challenges of cancer with determination and motivation. Scholarships are renewable via reapplication. Deadline: March 31.
Website: http://www.beyondthecure.org/scholarships

Patient Advocate Foundation

The purpose of the foundation's ten $3,000 scholarships are to provide support to individuals, under the age of 25 that are, or have been, diagnosed with cancer or a critical or life threatening disease. Deadline: April.
700 Thimble Shoals Blvd Ste 200
Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: (800) 532-5274
Contact: scholarship@patientadvocate.org
Website: http://www.patientadvocate.org/index.php?p=69

Ryan Mullaly Second Chance Fund

Scholarship assistance to young people who are fighting cancer whose high school years were disrupted by cancer and whose ability to qualify for most scholarships is precluded by the extensive absenteeism and physical disabilities which result from chemotherapy and radiation. Deadline: May 31.
26 Meadow Lane
Pennington NJ 08534
Contact: The2dChanceFund@aol.com
Website: http://www.ryans2dchancefund.org

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults: Scholarship Resources

A guide to 25 scholarships for cancer survivors in the United States.
Website: http://ulmanfund.org/gethelp/support-programs-resources/scholarships/

Craniofacial Differences

Cleft Palate Association Scholarships

A minimum of three $500 scholarships to full-time college students with craniofacial differences. Deadline: February 1.
1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 102
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2820 USA
Phone: (919) 933-9044
Website: http://www.cleftline.org/parents-individuals/awards-scholarships/college-scholarships/

Crohn's Disease / Ulcerative Colitis / Ostomy

Intense Intestines Foundation

This scholarship is designed to help those with moderate to severe Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or ostomy achieve the higher education they desire. Deadline: June 20
Website: http://www.intenseintestines.org/about/scholarship

Cystic Fibrosis

Boomer Esiason Foundation: Rimington Trophy Scholarship

A scholarship fund to assist students with cystic fibrosis to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Boomer Esiason Foundation
417 Fifth Ave, 2nd Floor
New York NY 10016
Phone: (646) 344-3765
Contact: jcahill@esiason.org
Website: http://esiason.org/thriving-with-cf/scholarships/rimington-trophy-scholarship.php

Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Fund

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation (CFSF) is to provide an opportunity for young adults with CF to further their education at a college or vocational school. Scholarships are awarded based on educational achievement, leadership, and financial need as submitted by the student in the scholarship application form. Deadline: March 15.
Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation
1555 Sherman Avenue, #116
Evanston, IL 60201
Website: http://cfscholarship.org/

Elizabeth Nash Foundation

Awards scholarships to assist persons with cystic fibrosis to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees. Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 are awarded annually. Deadline: April.
Elizabeth Nash Foundation
PO Box 1260
Los Gatos, CA 95031-1260
Contact: scholarships@elizabethnashfoundation.org
Website: http://www.elizabethnashfoundation.org/scholarshipprogram.html

CF Care Forward Scholarship

Provides financial assistance toward higher education for students with cystic fibrosis (CF) who demonstrate high academic credentials, the ability to serve as a role model for others with CF, and the need for financial assistance. Nationwide contest to determine the "Thriving Student Achiever" who will receive an additional stipend from Solvay Pharmaceuticals. Deadline: June.
Website: http://www.cfcareforwardscholarship.com/

Deaf/Hearing Loss

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Financial Aid and Scholarship Awards

Several scholarships at the graduate and undergraduate level for students with moderate-to-profound hearing loss enrolled in, or applied full-time to, a mainstream and accredited college or university. Deadline: March.
3417 Volta Place, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 337-5220
TTY: (202) 337-5221
Contact: info@agbell.org
Website: http://www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org/Document.aspx?id=266

Graeme Clark Scholarship For Nucleus® Cochlear Implant Recipients

Available to those currently completing their final year of high school, to mature aged students who have been accepted into a university, and to current undergraduate and graduate university students. Scholarship value is $2,000 per year for up to four years assuming scholarship recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA or better. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the Cochlear ideals of leadership and humanity. Deadline: October.
Website: http://www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/us/recipients/baha-other-processors/baha-other-processors-support-and-community/scholarships/graeme-clark-scholarship/scholarships-nucleus-details

Sertoma International

Offers two scholarships - one to a student who has a 40dB or more hearing loss in both ears, and one to a student accepted into a graduate level program in speech language pathology and/or audiology at a college or university in the Uniited States. Deadline: May 1.
1912 E. Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132-1174
Website: http://www.sertoma.org/scholarships

Diabetes

Diabetes Scholars Foundation College Scholarships

The Diabetes Scholars Foundation Scholarship Program is available to incoming freshmen seeking a higher education at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school. This scholarship recognizes students who are actively involved in the diabetes community, who have high academic performance, who participate in community and/or extra-curricular activities and who have demonstrated that they are successfully managing the challenges of living with diabetes. Diabetes Scholars Foundation scholarships are not based on financial need. Deadline: May 15.
Website: http://www.diabetesscholars.org/college.html

Down Syndrome

O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund

The mission of the O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund, administered by the National Down Syndrome Society, is to offer financial assistance to young adults with Down syndrome (age 18 or older) who wish to enroll in postsecondary programs or to take classes that will help them to enrich life through employment, independent living skills, life skills, or similar endeavors. Five grants (not to exceed $2000) will be awarded. The majority of the grant must be for tuition, but some funds can be used to help with books, transportation, and other related supplies. Deadline: July 16.
Website: http://www.ndss.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=162%3Ajoztef&catid=55%3Aself-advocate-resource-&showall=1

Dwarfism

Little People of America Scholarships

Educational scholarships to prospective and current students attending college or vocational school in the United States with preference to those who are members of LPA or who have a medically diagnosed form of dwarfism. Deadline: April.
National Headquarters
Little People of America, Inc.
250 El Camino Real, Ste 201
Tustin, OR 92780
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Phone: (888) 572-2001
Contact: info@lpaonline.org
Website: http://www.lpaonline.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=85959&orgId=lpa

Ectodermal Dysplasias

National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias L. Marie Heard Scholarship Program

Annually awards scholarships to qualified individuals for post-secondary education. This includes colleges, university, trade school or junior college. Scholarships can only be used for tuition, fees and/or books. Only individuals affected by ectodermal dysplasia syndromes are eligible.
NFED
PO Box 114
Mascoutal IL 62258
Phone: (618) 566 2020
Website: http://www.nfed.org/

Epilepsy

UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program

This award is a one-time $5,000 scholarship for 20 students with epilepsy seeking an undergraduate or a graduate degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning. An additional 10 scholarships will be given to family members or caregivers of a people with epilepsy for use toward tuition in a U.S. postsecondary institution. Deadline: April.
Website: http://www.ucbepilepsyscholarship.com

Hemophilia and Related Disorders

Colburn-Keenan Foundation Beth Carew Memorial Scholarship

The Colburn-Keenan Foundation, Inc. is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families living with chronic illnesses, with priority placed on those living with bleeding disorders. A $4,000 scholarship is offered. Deadline: April 15.
Website: http://www.colkeen.org/?page_id=123

Factor Support Network Pharmacy Scholarships

Offering five $1,000 scholarships for men with Hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease and their immediate family members, and five $1000 scholarships to women with Hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease.
Factor Support Network Pharmacy, Inc.
900 Avenida Acaso, Ste A
Camarillo, CA 93012-8749
Website: http://www.factorsupport.com/scholarships.htm

LA Kelly Communications: Scholarships

A listing of scholarships available to current and future college students who have bleeding disorders.
Website: http://www.kelleycom.com/scholarships.html

Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship Program

For the 2013-2014 academic year, Pfizer Hemophilia will award $50,000 in scholarships to students in the hemophilia community:

  • $4,000 graduate school scholarships for 5 individuals
  • $2,500 undergraduate college scholarships for 12 individuals

Website: http://www.hemophiliavillage.com/resources-support/scholarship-assistance.aspx

Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus Association Scholarships

Up to 11 scholarships in the amount of $500 for young adults, ages 17-30, who have hydrocephalus and are seeking a degree in higher education. Request an application by phone or by e-mail. Deadline: April 1.
Phone: (888) 598-3789
Contact: Bonnie@Hydroassoc.org
Website: http://www.hydroassoc.org/education_support/scholarships

Immune Deficiency

The Eric Marder Scholarship Program of the Immune Deficiency Foundation

The IDF Scholarship Program is open to patients with a primary immune deficiency as classified by the World Health Organization. It is intended for undergraduate students attending or entering college or a technical training school.
Deadline: March.
Immune Deficiency Foundation
Scholarship Medical Programs
40 W Chesapeake Ave. #308
Towson MD 21204
Phone: 800-296-4433
Website: http://primaryimmune.org/?s=scholarship

The Varun Bhaskaran (WAS) Scholarship Program of IDF

This scholarship is for undergraduate or graduate students living with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (WAS). Deadline: March 31.
Deadline: March.
The Varun Bhaskaran Scholarship Program
40 W Chesapeake Ave. #308
Towson MD 21204
Phone: 800-296-4433
Website: http://primaryimmune.org/?s=scholarship

Learning Disabilities

P. Buckley Moss Foundation Scholarships

Three scholarships for college bound high school seniors with certified language-related learning differences. Deadline: March 31.
Website: http://www.mosssociety.org/page.php?id=8

Anne Ford Scholarship

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program the upcoming fall. Deadline: December 31.
National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc.
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016-8806
Contact: afscholarship@ncld.org
Website: http://www.ncld.org/about-us/scholarships-aamp-awards/the-anne-ford-and-allegra-ford-scholarship-award

Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a $2,500 one-time scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD. Deadline: December 31.
Contact: afscholarship@ncld.org
Website: http://www.ncld.org/about-us/scholarships-aamp-awards/the-anne-ford-and-allegra-ford-scholarship-award

The Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Award

Presented to Learning Ally® members who are high school seniors with learning disabilities in recognition of extraordinary leadership, scholarship, enterprise and service to others. For the purposes of this award, a learning disability is defined as a neurological disorder that affects a person's ability to receive, process, store, and/or respond to information, and which affects the person's ability to read standard print. Deadline: March 1.
Website: https://www.learningally.org/about-learning-ally/awards/

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Youth Achievement Award

A $1,000 award that recognizes the strengths and accomplishments of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD. It is given annually to a student 19 or younger for demonstrating initiative, talent and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field -- including art, music, science, math, athletics or community service. Honorable mentions will also be awarded. Deadline: January 31.
Website: http://www.smartkidswithld.org/2014-youth-achievement-award

Multiple Sclerosis

National MS Society Scholarship

A minimum award of $1,000 to a maximum award of $3,000, although a limited number of scholarships may exceed that amount. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents who are high school seniors and plan to enroll in an undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school located in the U.S., PR, VI, Guam or any other U.S. territory. Scholarship finalists will be selected on the basis of demonstrated financial need, academic record, leadership and participation in school or community activities, work experience, an outside appraisal, goals and aspirations, special circumstances, and an essay (written by the applicant) regarding the impact of MS on their life. Deadline: January 15.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Phone: (877) 789-4228
Contact: nmss@act.org
Website: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/society-programs-and-services/scholarship/scholarship-program-information/index.aspx

Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform Disorder, or Schizoaffective Disorder

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship

The goal of the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship is to help people with schizophrenia and related disorders acquire the educational and vocational skills they need to reintegrate into society, secure meaningful work, and reclaim their lives. To be eligible for consideration for the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be diagnosed with bipolar, schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, or schizoaffective disorder
  • Be currently receiving medical treatment for the disease, including medication and psychiatric follow-up
  • Be actively involved in rehabilitative or reintegration efforts, such as clubhouse membership, part-time work, volunteer efforts, or school enrollment
  • Be a U.S. citizen and plan to attend a school in the United States

Deadline: January 31.

Lilly Secretariat
PMB 327
310 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068-3251
Contact: lillyscholarships@reintegration.com
Website: http://www.reintegration.com/resources/scholarships/scholarship.asp

Spina Bifida

180 Medical College Scholarship Program

Three $1,000 scholarships for students with spinal cord injury, spina bifida, or transverse myelitis.
Phone: (877) 688-2729
Website: http://www.180medical.com/scholarships

Spina Bifida Association Scholarship Program

The SBA Scholarship Program offers two different programs for people living with spina bifida. Deadline: March 9.
4590 MacArthur Blvd. NW
Suite 250
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (800) 621-3141 ext. 13
Contact: cjhead@sbaa.org
Website: http://www.spinabifidaassociation.org/site/c.liKWL7PLLrF/b.2644815/

Stickler Syndrome

Gunner B. Stickler Foundation Scholarship

The award for a college student diagnosed with Stickler syndrome is a scholarship in the amount of $500 per year up to a maximum of 4 years. Deadline: June 15.
Gunnar B. Stickler Scholarship Award
15 Angelina
Augusta, KS 67010
Website: http://www.sticklers.org/sip2/content/view/10/12

Non-Traditional Learners

CollegeScholarships.com: Scholarships for Your Non-traditional Situation

Non-traditional students are those who are 22 years of age and older, or those who are re-entering academic study.
Website: http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/non-traditional.htm

ExceptionalNurse.com Scholarships

ExceptionalNurse.com awards scholarships of $250.00-$500.00 to qualified students with disabilities to continue their education in a nursing education program. Preference is given to undergraduate students. Applicants must demonstrate a serious commitment to the academic study of nursing and career excellence. This scholarship is not renewable.
Website: http://exceptionalnurse.com/scholarship.php

Geoff Brachvogel Memorial Scholarship for Chronic Pain, RSD and CRPS

Applicants for the rsd/crps/chronic pain scholarship must be students with a documented disability who have applied to, or already been admitted to, a college or university program on a fulltime basis. For Allied Health professional students they must be enrolled fulltime in a degree seeking program in a college or university.
Website: http://www.geoffbrachvogelmemorialscholarship.com/#!prospective-applicants

Iowa Grant

The Iowa Grant is available to assist Iowa students attending Regent Universities, independent colleges and universities, and community colleges throughout Iowa. Priority is given to students with the greatest financial need. The maximum grant is $1,000 per year for up to four years of full-time, undergraduate study (adjusted for less than full-time enrollment). Eligible colleges and universities receive Iowa Grant allocations, then campus financial aid officials award grants to students with the greatest financial need. Eligibility criteria: •Iowa residents •Undergraduate enrollment •Enrolled at Iowa college or university.
Website: http://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/ScholarshipsGrants/iowagrant.html

Orion Fund Grants

Grants to young adult college students under the age of 30 who are working to complete their educational goals while facing a major illness or injury. Grants range from $300 to a maximum of $3,000. Deadline: mid-April.
Email: TheOrionFund@gmail.com
Website: http://theorionfund.org/grants.php

Patient Advocate Foundation Scholarship for Survivors

The purpose of our scholarships is to provide support to individuals, under the age of 25, who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer and/or a chronic life threatening disease within the past 5 years. Deadline: March 30.
Website: http://www.patientadvocate.org/index.php?p=69

Special People in Need Grant

Intended for undergraduate educational institutions for the benefit of students with disabilities or students who have overcome other adverse circumstances. Grants usually range from $500-$4000. Does not apply to tuition for graduate school. Sponsoring institutions only please.
Contact: Taryn Maclin, 312-715-5235.

Compiled by: Mary Hubbard, Disability Resource Librarian
Compilation method: Extensive online research and use of existing scholarship resources.
Last update:2.13.14