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Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
beyond High School

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This list has information on scholarships for students with disabilities, and general scholarships and tips for all students pursuing education beyond high school.

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General Scholarships for Individuals with a Disability

AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability

The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate or graduate health and disability studies in an accredited university. The student must be at least a sophmore in college. Health and disability studies include, but are not limited to: public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities. Important: applicants who have not yet graduated from high school will not be considered. High school students entering college in the fall are not eligible to apply.
Deadline: November 15, 2017.

http://www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program


Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship Program

The Buckfire & Buckfire Law Firm offers a $1,000 scholarship award to one undergraduate student with any type of disability who meets the following criteria: 1) U.S. citizen enrolled in an accredited college or university within the U.S.; 2) Has a verified disability determined by a person qualified professional; 3) Academic achievement as reflected by a minimum 3.0 GPA, and 4) Completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited college or university. The scholarship will be awarded December 1.
Deadline: April 1.

https://www.buckfirelaw.com/library/scholarships.cfm


ExceptionalNurse.com Scholarships

ExceptionalNurse.com awards scholarships of $250 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.
Deadline: June 1.

http://exceptionalnurse.com/scholarship.php


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 $1,000 each are made to qualified college or university students in any field of Mathematics, Science, Medicine, Technology, or Engineering.
Deadline: December 1.

http://www.stemd.org


Michigan State University Libraries: Grants for Individuals: The Disabled

A frequently updated selection of educational opportunities after high school specifically for the disability community.

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.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx


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.

Contact: TheOrionFund@gmail.com

http://theorionfund.org/grants.php


Rehabmart.com $25,000 Scholarship Fund

This $25,000 pool of funds is designated for students with disabilities of any major, health science students of any major, and anyone majoring in special needs education. Multiple awards ranging from $250 to $2,500 will be given to qualified candidates who excel in a medical product essay assigned for the competition by the scholarship jury.
Deadline: May 31.

http://www.rehabmart.com/scholarship


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.

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.

http://www.thinkcollege.net/topics/paying-for-college


University of Iowa Student Disability Services: Scholarships & Awards

A selection of disability-related grants and services updated through 2017.

http://sds.studentlife.uiowa.edu/about-us/scholarships-and-awards


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Scholarships for Individuals with Physical Disabilities

180 Medical Scholarship

Seven $1,000 scholarships for those with spinal injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder or ostomy. Awards will be given on a competitive basis to students attending a two-year, four-year, or graduate school program full time who are under a physician's care for spinal cord injury and legal residents of the United States.
Deadline: June 1.
Contact: scholarships@180medical.com

http://www.180medical.com/scholarships


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.

Contact: (888) 267-5669

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 provides eligible high school seniors and college undergrads a stipend to attend either Edinboro University of Pennsylvania or the University of Tampa.

    Eligibility:
  • Student must be accepted by one of the two schools listed and meet the entrance and scholarship requirements
  • Student must complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)
  • student must provide official documentation and diagnosis of severe physical disability that affect the student's mobility

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania: http://www.edinboro.edu/directory/offices-services/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships/edinboro-university-scholarships.html
University of Tampa: http://www.ut.edu/financialaid/scholarshipsandgrants


Karman Healthcare Scholarship

Two $500 scholarships are available for two college students with a mobility disability who use a wheelchair or other mobility devices on a regular basis. Applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university in the U.S. and maintain a minimum 2.5 grade average (or equivalent).
Deadline: September 1.

Contact:
Karman Healthcare Scholarship Fund
19255 San Jose Avenue
City of Industry, CA 91748

http://www.karmanhealthcare.com/scholarships


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.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx


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: August 31.

Contact:
National Amputation Foundation
Claude S. Weiler Scholarship Coordinator
40 Church Street
Malverne, NY 11565

http://nationalamputation.org/scholar1.html


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 17.

Contact: info@pva.org

http://www.pva.org/site/c.ajIRK9NJLcJ2E/b.6305559/k.FBA1/Scholarship_Program.htm


Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors: Phoenix Education Grant

Scholarships range from $500 - $4,000 and are limited based on available funding. All eligible applicants may not be awarded a scholarship. The Phoenix education grant is the first national scholarship endowment fund created for burn survivor students pursuing their education dreams.
Deadline: June 30.

    Eligibility:
  • must be a burn-injured student
  • must be accepted to a 2 or 4 year college or university, technical or vocational school, or a graduate program

Contact:
Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors
1835 RW Berends Drive SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49519-4955
(800) 888-2876 Toll-free
(616) 458-2773 Local
(616) 458-2831 Fax
info@phoenix-society.org

http://www.phoenix-society.org


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Scholarships for Individuals with Specific Conditions:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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.
Deadline: March 19.

http://www.shireadhdscholarship.com/us/default.aspx


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Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Autism Society of Iowa Scholarship for Iowa Residents on the Autism Spectrum

A minimum $500 award to be applied toward the completion of an accredited, post-high school educational or vocational program of study (e.g., college, trade school, etc.)
Deadline: March 1.

    Eligibility:
  • Documentation of status as an individual with an autism spectrum disorder
  • Documentation of acceptance into an accredited vocational program of study
  • Two letters of reference
  • Personal statement, of no more than 500 words, with attention to the following questions:
  • - What do you plan to study?
    - What is your greatest accomplishment?
    - What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
    - Why do you deserve this scholarship?

http://autismia.com/scholarships


Autism Society of Iowa Zach Paulsen Memorial Scholarship for Students with Autism Disorders

This vocational school scholarship (a minimum of $500) is designed for Iowa students on the autism spectrum who desire to study automotive technology, collision refinishing, diesel technology, marine technology, motorcycle technology, HVAC or plumbing & heating.
Deadline: March 1.

    Eligibility:
  • Documentation of status as an individual with an autism spectrum disorder
  • Documentation of acceptance into an accredited vocational program of study
  • Two letters of reference
  • Personal statement, of no more than 500 words, with attention to the following questions:
  • - What do you plan to study?
    - What is your greatest accomplishment?
    - What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
    - Why do you deserve this scholarship?

http://autismia.com/scholarships


Lisa Higgins Hussman Scholarship Program

Administered through 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.

www.researchautism.org/news/otherevents/scholarship.asp


Schwallie Family Scholarship Program

Supports qualified individuals with autism or Asperger Syndrome in the United States. 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: May 5.

http://www.researchautism.org/news/otherevents/scholarship.asp


Siouxland Autism Support Group College Scholarship

A $1000 scholarship awarded annually to two recipients with autism who reside in the greater Sioux City, Iowa area to provide for books, tuition, and school fees.
Deadline: April 1.

    Eligibility:
  • Diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
  • Admission to a post-secondary certificate, associate degree, bachelor degree, or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university.
  • Grade point average of 2.5 or above.

https://sites.google.com/site/siouxlandautismorg/scholarship-options


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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar_Lives.com Bipolar Scholarships

Five scholarships for which people with bipolar disorder qualify.

http://www.bipolar-lives.com/bipolar-scholarships.html


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Blind/Low Vision

American Council of the Blind

Approximately twenty scholarships ranging in amount from $1,500 - $3,500 to vocational, entering freshmen, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as full-time employees who are attending college part time (work 32 hours or more per week). Students who are legally blind, maintain a 3.3 GPA and are involved in their school/local community may apply.
Deadline : February 15.

Contact:
American Council of the Blind Scholarship Program
Attn: Dee Theien, Coordinator of Affiliate and Member Services
6300 Shingle Creek Parkway
Suite 195
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
(612) 332-3242

http://www.acb.org/scholarship


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 1.

Contact: (800) 232-5463

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.

http://www.afb.org/Section.asp?DocumentID=1845


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.

Contact:
CCLVI
324 S Diamond Bar Blvd #128
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
(800) 733-2258

http://www.cclvi.org/scheigert-scholarship


Lighthouse Guild Scholarships

Two scholarships – the college bound scholarship and the graduate school scholarship for students who are legally blind U.S. citizens.
Deadline: March 31.

  • The College Bound Scholarship: 16 scholarships awarded for high school seniors who will be college freshman in the upcoming school year. This is a onetime only scholarship.
  • The Graduate School Scholarship: for students who are pursuing a Master’s, PhD or any other post-Baccalaureate degree (MD, JD, MBA, etc.)
    Eligibility:
  • be legally blind
  • be a U.S. citizen
  • provide school transcripts and copies of ACT/SAT test results
  • provide three letters of recommendation
  • write personal statement (two for college bound scholarship and one for graduate school scholarship)
  • complete online application

Contact:
Lighthouse Guild Scholarships
15W 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 769-7801
scholars@lighthouseguild.org

http://www.lighthouseguild.org/programs-services/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.

Contact:
NFB Scholarship Committee
1800 Johnson Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314

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.

https://naa.learningally.org


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Brachial Plexus/Neuropathy

United Brachial Plexus Network, Inc. (UPBN)

UPBN offers up to two $500 academic scholarships annually. Intended for individuals with a brachial plexus injury entering college, attending a trade school, and/or attending career retraining. One scholarship will be awarded annually to an applicant with an obstetrical (birth-related) brachial plexus injury (OBPI) and one scholarship will be awarded annually to an applicant with a traumatic brachial plexus injury (TBPI) provided there are applicants in both groups. Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and winners will be notified on or before August 15th. This is an individual scholarship that may be reapplied for every year.
Deadline: May 15. Send or e-mail application, Attn: UBPN Scholarship.

Contact:
United Brachial Plexus Network, Inc.
32 William Road
Reading, MA 01867
scholarship@ubpn.org

http://www.ubpn.org/images/Docs/UBPNAcademicScholarshipApplication.pdf


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Cancer

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.

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.

Contact:
Patient Advocate Foundation
700 Thimble Shoals Blvd Ste 200
Newport News, VA 23606
(800) 532-5274
scholarship@patientadvocate.org

http://www.patientadvocate.org/index.php?p=69


Red Shamrock Foundation (RSF) Survivor College Scholarship

RSF is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a pediatric cancer survivor in the state of Iowa. Applicants must be residing in the state of Iowa and must enroll in college in 2016. Any pediatric cancer survivor who: 1) currently has cancer, OR 2) has completed the treatment protocol, AND was diagnosed before his/her 21st birthday is eligible to apply. Applications must include an essay on cancer survivorship. One applicant will be selected and announced on May 5. Applicants may re-apply in consecutive years. Recipients are not excluded from future RSF scholarship opportunities.
Deadline: April 1

Contact:
Red Shamrock Foundation
3016 Raven Street
Iowa City IA 52245

http://redshamrock.org/resources


The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults: Scholarship Resources

A guide to 25 scholarships for cancer survivors in the United States.

http://ulmanfund.org/scholarships


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Chronic Illness

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.

http://www.patientadvocate.org/index.php?p=69


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Craniofacial Differences


Cleft Palate Association Scholarships

A minimum of three $500 scholarships to full-time college students with craniofacial differences.
Deadline: January 5.

Contact:
1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 102
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2820 USA
(919) 933-9044

http://www.cleftline.org/parents-individuals/awards-scholarships/college-scholarships/


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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: Fall

http://www.intenseintestines.org/category/intense-intestines-scholarship


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Cystic Fibrosis

Boomer Esiason Foundation: Rimington Trophy Scholarship

A scholarship fund to assist students with cystic fibrosis to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Contact:
Boomer Esiason Foundation
417 Fifth Ave, 2nd Floor
New York NY 10016
(646) 344-3765
jcahill@esiason.org

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.

Contact:
Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation
1555 Sherman Avenue, #116
Evanston, IL 60201

http://cfscholarship.org/scholarships/


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 3.

Contact:
Elizabeth Nash Foundation
PO Box 1260
Los Gatos, CA 95031-1260
scholarships@elizabethnashfoundation.org

http://www.elizabethnashfoundation.org/scholarshipprogram.html


ABBVIE 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.
Deadline: June.

https://www.abbviecfscholarship.com/apply


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Deaf/Hearing Loss

Alexander Graham Bell Association

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. Listening and spoken language must be the applicant's primary mode of communication. Hearing loss must have been diagnosed before the applicant's fourth birthday (pre-lingual hearing loss), and hearing loss must be bilateral and in the moderately severe to profound range.
Deadline: March 13.

Contact:
AG Bell College Scholarship Program
3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, DC 20007
Contact: Scholarships@agbell.org

http://www.listeningandspokenlanguage.org/Document.aspx?id=266


George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy

In order to be considered, applicants must meet all of these eligibility criteria: be a full time graduate student; have a pre-lingually diagnosed bilateral hearing loss; and use listening and spoken language. Up to three awards of up to $5,000 each may be awarded per year. Previous recipients of the George H. Nofer Scholarship may re-apply for a scholarship, provided that they are still in school and a minimum of nine credit hours was completed in the previous year of study.
Deadline: April 22

Contact:
Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship Program
Attn: Nofer Scholarship Application
3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, DC 20007
Contact: financialaid@agbell.org

http://www.agbell.org/financial-aid/Nofer-scholarship


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.

http://www.cochlear.com/wps/wcm/connect/us/recipients/nucleus-5/nucleus-5-support-and-community/scholarships/scholarship-details


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 1.

Contact:
Hamilton Relay
1001 12th Street
Aurora NE 68818
IA Voice/TTY: 888-516-4692
Fax: (402) 694-5110


http://www.hamiltonrelay.com/corporate/whats_new/index.html?topic=details&ni=240


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.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx


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 United States.
Deadline: May 1.

Contact:
Sertoma International
1912 E. Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132-1174

http://www.sertoma.org/scholarships


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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.

http://diabetesscholars.org


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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 higher education 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 $2,000) 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: January 3.

http://www.nads.org/adult/oneill-tabani-scholarship.html


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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.

Contact:
National Headquarters
Little People of America, Inc.
250 El Camino Real, Suite 201
Tustin, CA 92780
(888) 572-2001
info@lpaonline.org

http://www.lpaonline.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=184


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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. college or university.
Deadline: April.

http://www.ucbepilepsyscholarship.com


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Hemophilia and Related Disorders

Matrix Health Group Memorial Scholarship Program

Offering fourteen $1,000 scholarships for individuals with Hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease and their immediate family members.

Contact:
Factor Support Network Pharmacy, Inc.
900 Avenida Acaso, Ste A
Camarillo, CA 93012-8749

http://www.factorsupport.com/scholarships.htm


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: April 30.

http://www.hemophiliaofiowa.org


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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.

Contact:
(888) 598-3789
Bonnie@Hydroassoc.org

http://www.hydroassoc.org/education_support/scholarships


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Immune Deficiency

The Eric Marder Scholarship Fund

Scholarships to financially needy students who have a primary immune deficiency disease to help them attend undergraduate college, trade school or other educational purposes
Deadline: April.

Contact:
Immune Deficiency Foundation
Scholarship Medical Programs
40 W Chesapeake Ave. #308
Towson MD 21204
(800)296-4433

http://www.ericsfund.org/about.html



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Learning Disabilities

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

http://www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards


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.

Contact: afscholarship@ncld.org

http://www.ncld.org/scholarships-and-awards


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.

Contact: (712) 274-5136

http://www.lda-ia.org/Scholarships.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.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx


P. Buckley Moss Foundation Scholarships

Two scholarships for college bound high school seniors with certified language-related learning differences.
Deadline: March 31.

http://mossfoundation.org/educational-scholarships-grants-awards


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Mucopolysaccharidoses, ML II & ML III

National MPS Society Scholarships

Two educational scholarships are administered by the MPS Society: one Continuing Education Scholarship for Individuals with MPS or ML ($1000) and the Jeffrey Bardsley Continuing Education Scholarship Program (up to $5000). Only applicants from National MPS Society families or membership will be considered.
Deadline: March 15.

http://mpssociety.org/support/family-support-programs


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Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Scholarship

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.

Contact:
(877) 789-4228
nmss@act.org

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Resources-Support/Insurance-and-Financial-Information/Financial-Resources/Scholarship-Program/Scholarship-Program-Information


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Rare Diseases

Shire ACES Scholarships

Shire is committed to fulfilling unmet patient needs in the rare disease community. Apply for a Shire ACES (Award for Collegiate Education from Shire) scholarship if you have one of the diagnoses listed: (Acute neuromyelitis optica, Alagille syndrome, CMV in transplant patients, Eosinophilicesophagitis (EoE), Fabry disease, Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, Friedreich’s ataxia, Gaucher disease, Hereditary angioedema, Hypoparathyroidism, Metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD), MPS II (Hunter syndrome), Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), Primary biliary cirrhosis, Primary sclerosing cholangitis, Progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis, and Short bowel syndrome).

Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded for a single year. The award may be renewed for up to 3 additional years, provided the award recipient is in good academic standing, for a total award value of $20,000. It can be applied to educational expenses at an accredited US college or university (undergraduate), or US vocational school.
Deadline: Spring 2018.

http://www.shireaces.com


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Speech Disorders

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.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx


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Spina Bifida


180 Medical College Scholarship Program

Three $1,000 scholarships for students with spinal cord injury, spina bifida, or transverse myelitis.

Contact: (877) 688-2729

http://www.180medical.com/scholarships

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.

Contact:
PO Box 1456
Des Moines, IA 50305
(515) 964-8810
spinabifidaiowa@yahoo.com

http://sbaia.org/programs/scholarship-program


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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.

Contact:
Gunnar B. Stickler Scholarship Award
15 Angelina
Augusta, KS 67010

http://stickler.org/college-sip-scholarship


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General Scholarships Tips

Scholarships for people with disabilities are becoming more common as the population grows in colleges and technical schools. It is wise to keep your options open in financial planning for higher education. Be flexible!

Explore scholarships available to all students. There is funding available for:

  • students from diverse ethnic backgrounds
  • first generation college students
  • students from low income families
  • students with a history of overcoming adversity

Here are a few general scholarship sites:

CareerOneStop Scholarship Search

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


College Board Big Future: Scholarship Search

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search


CollegeScholarships.com: for Non-traditional Students

Non-traditional students are those who are 22 years of age and older, or those who are re-entering academic study.

http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/non-traditional.htm


Federal Student Aid: Finding and Applying for Scholarships

http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships


National Center for Education Statistics: College Navigator

http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator


Upward Bound Program/TRIO

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/trioupbound/index.htmlr


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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 $4,275 for the 2017-18 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.

https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/content/all-iowa-opportunity-scholarship


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.

Contact:
Michael L. Fitzgerald
Treasurer of the State of Iowa
College Savings Iowa
PO Box 219219
Kansas City, MO 64121-9219
(888) 672-9116
csi@iowa.gov

https://www.collegesavingsiowa.com


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.

Contact:
Iowa College Foundation
505 5th Ave #1034
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 282-0473
sandi@iowacollegefoundation.org

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


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 $1,000.
Deadline: May 10 (Applications are accepted online only.)

Contact:
State Treasurer's Office
Capitol Bldg.
Des Moines IA 50319
(515) 281-3067
treasurer@tos.state.ia.us

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.
Link to contact list: https://www.carvertrust.org/index.php?page=107

https://www.carvertrust.org/index.php?page=44


Iowa Communications Alliance Scholarship

This program awards scholarships to students who live in the communities served by the Iowa Communications Alliance. The alliance plans to give one or more $2500 scholarship(s) to high school seniors or students current enrolled in an institution of higher learning.
Application: February.

http://www.iacommunicationsall.org/?page=ICAScholarship


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.

Contact:
Student Disability Resources
Dean of Students Office
Academic Success Center
1076 Student Services Building
Ames, IA 50011-2222
disabilityresources@iastate.edu

http://www.dso.iastate.edu/dr/scholarship


Compiled by: Mary Hubbard, Disability Resource Librarian and Ann Busta, Resource Database Manager
Compilation method: Extensive online research and use of existing scholarship resources.
Last update:02.22.16