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General Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

American Association of Health and Disability Scholarship Program

Applicants must be enrolled as a full time in an undergraduate school (freshman or greater status) or be enrolled part time or full time in a graduate school, and have a documented disability and provide documentation of their disability. (Applicants who have not yet graduated from high school will not be considered.) Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US and enrolled in an accredited United States university. Preference will be given to students majoring in public health, disability studies, disability research, health promotion or a field related to disability and health.  http://www.aahd.us/initiatives/scholarship-program/

A Guide on How to Get Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities

A comprehensive list of scholarships, grants and financial resources for students with disabilities.

https://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-students-with-disabilities/

“Business Plan” Scholarship For Students With Disabilities

$1,000 scholarship is awarded each semester for a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited American College, University or Trade School with a documented disability. – See more at: http://fitsmallbusiness.com/learn-how-to-write-a-business-plan

Financial Aid for Disabled Students

Includes a listing of numerous scholarship options for students with disabilities that range from national scholarship opportunities to local opportunities within the United States and Canada. Each scholarship profile indicates whether online programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the award. http://www.onlineschools.org/financial-aid/disabilities/

Scholarship for Wounded Police Officers

If you are a current or former uniformed law enforcement officer in the United States who was wounded in the line of duty, you may be eligible to receive this immediate-use scholarship. This $10,000 scholarship can be used for your child’s education, your education, or your spouse’s college education. http://www.brickhousesecurity.com/category/company+info/scholarship.do

Drug Reporter – Disability Scholarship Awards

Drug Reporter is the proud sponsor of a $1,000 scholarship to help students who have overcome physical and learning disabilities in their quest to attend law school.  Our goal is to provide an alternative source of funding to students whose personal challenges have never hindered their hopes of entering the legal profession. To be eligible for the Drug Reporter Disability Scholarship, all candidates must have a medically documented physical disability or learning disability, verified by a doctor and accepted at or attending a 4- year college or law school program within the U.S. http://drugreporter.com/scholarships

Disability Care Center’s Scholarships

This scholarship program is for students who have a debilitating condition(s) while continuing their education at a college institution. The condition can be any medically diagnosed impairment (physical or mental) that interferes with everyday activities and quality of life. http://www.disabilitycarecenter.org/giving-back/scholarships/

Rehabmart.com $25,000 Scholarship Fund

Any student with a disability, anyone enrolling as a health sciences student, or any special education student who is currently attending a secondary school or has been accepted to attend a secondary school, technical college, junior college, 4-year college or University.  Matriculating students and non-matriculating students are eligible to apply for the scholarship. http://www.rehabmart.com/scholarship/.

Scholarships for Graduate Students

The following guide provides funding sources, resources for students with visual and hearing impairments, and an expert interview discussing how to excel in graduate school as a student with a disability. http://www.gograd.org/resources/students-with-disabilities/.
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Scholarships for Students with Learning Disabilities

Anne Ford  and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship
The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships offer financial assistance to two graduating seniors with documented learning disabilities (LD) who are pursuing post-secondary education. The Anne Ford Scholarship was first awarded in 2002; in 2009, with a generous donation from Anne’s daughter, Allegra, the award was renamed the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship and granted to two students. National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc.

P. Buckley Moss Foundation Scholarships and Awards

The P. Buckley Moss Foundation administers three scholarships that were initially established by the Society. The Judith Cary Memorial Scholarship is for students who are pursuing either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in special education. The Anne and Matt Harbison Scholarship is for a graduating high school senior with a certified language-related learning difference who is pursuing post-secondary education. The P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship goes to one or more high school seniors with financial need, with certified language-related learning difference and artistic talent, who plan a career in visual arts.

Learning Ally

Each year, Learning Ally offers two endowed scholarship awards for outstanding students with print and learning disabilities. The recipients of these awards are role models of success and inspiration to students throughout the country. The top three winners from each program receive a $6,000 scholarship award and participate at a national celebration. In 2016 and in 2017 this celebration will take place in Denver, Colorado. http://www.learningally.org/NAA/Application.aspx

Scholarships for Students with Physical Disabilities

1800Wheelchair Scholarship
This program awards monies to assist undergraduate students with their academic pursuits. To qualify, students must be enrolled undergraduate in “good standing” at an accredited college/university maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and a legal resident of the U.S. or hold a valid student visa. Applicants will be asked to submit an essay. Details can be found at the 1800Wheelchair website: http://www.1800wheelchair.com/scholarship/
1-800-320-7140

180 Medical Scholarship                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Students attending a two-year, four-year, or graduate school program full time in the fall are eligible to apply. Applicants must be under a physician’s care for a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, or neurogenic bladder.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association Scholarships

Provides a listing of scholarships available for students with mobility disabilities.

JustWalkers Mobility Scholarship

$1,000 scholarship awarded to graduate or undergraduate students with limited mobility who regularly use a mobility device.  http://justwalkers.com/mobility-scholarship-program

Karman Healthcare Scholarship Program

Open to all college, and university students with a mobility disability who use a wheelchair, or other mobility devices on a regular basis. This scholarship will apply to students this year who have excelled academically and those who have a regard for disability awareness in America. Deadline: September 1st.

2016 SpinLife.com Innovation in Motion Scholarship Program

The annual program will award one (1) $1,000 scholarship and two (2) $500 gift cards to SpinLife.com and is open to students who are manual or power wheelchair users enrolled at an accredited 4-year institution.

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Scholarships for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Texas Tuition Exemption for Blind/Deaf Students
Renewable award aids certain blind or deaf students by exempting them from payment of tuition and fees at public colleges or universities in Texas. Must be a resident of Texas. See more information on SSD’s Tuition Exemption page for Blind students.

Recording for the Blind/Learning through Listening
This program provides three scholarships for high school seniors who are learning disabled. The award is based on academic achievement, leadership, enterprise, and service to others. Financial need is not a factor.
Blind/Learning through Listening
20 Rozelle Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
1-609-452-0606

Learning Ally

Each year, Learning Ally offers two endowed scholarship awards for outstanding students with print and learning disabilities. The recipients of these awards are role models of success and inspiration to students throughout the country. The top three winners from each program receive a $6,000 scholarship award and participate at a national celebration. In 2016 and in 2017 this celebration will take place in Denver, Colorado. http://www.learningally.org/NAA/Application.aspx

Floyd Qualls Memorial Scholarships
Award available to undergraduate, graduate, vocational or technical students who are legally blind in both eyes. Submit certificate of legal blindness and proof of acceptance at an accredited post-secondary institution.
American Council of the Blind
1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
202-467-5081
Fax: 202-467-5085
info@acb.org
http://www.acb.org

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program

To recognize achievement by blind scholars, the National Federation of the Blind annually offers blind college students in the United States and Puerto Rico the opportunity to win one of thirty merit-based, national-level scholarships worth from $3,000 to $12,000. All scholarships awarded are based on academic excellence, community service, and leadership. www.nfb.org/scholarship

National Federation of the Blind: Computer Science
“Computer Science Scholarship” The scholarship is awarded to legally blind people pursuing postsecondary education. Selection is based on academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need. Unsuccessful applicants are urged to reapply.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee
805 Fifth Avenue
Grinnell, IA 50112
(515) 236-3366
http://www.nfb.org

National Federation of the Blind: Rickard
“Howard Brown Rickard Scholarship” The scholarship is open to legally blind people pursuing postsecondary education in the areas of Law, Medicine, Engineering, Architecture, or Natural Science. Selection is based on academic excellence, service to the community, and financial need. Unsuccessful applicants are urged to reapply.
National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Committee
805 Fifth Avenue
Grinnell, IA 50112-1653
641-236-3369
http://www.nfb.org

Austin Council of the Blind
Five to six scholarships are given each year in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,500 to blind and visually impaired students. Click here to open the pdf application.

Lois Ford LaBauve Scholarship
This scholarship is given in memory of Lois Ford La Bauve. Ms. La Bauve was a Texas schoolteacher for many years and always displayed a passion for learning. She was the director of Services for the Blind and Disabled at the Texas State Library and founded the Texas Talking Book program. At least one scholarship for a minimum of $500 will be awarded per year for students who have a disability that impairs their ability to access printed material. If funding is available, additional scholarships and/or scholarships of a larger monetary value will be awarded. Applications are reviewed during the spring semester. Scholarship is awarded in the fall semester. More information and an application are available at the following link: LaBauve application16-17
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Scholarships for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Texas Tuition Exemption for Blind/Deaf Students
Renewable award aids certain blind or deaf students by exempting them from payment of tuition and fees at public colleges or universities in Texas. Must be a resident of Texas. See more information on SSD’s Tuition Exemption page for Deaf students.

Center for Communication Hearing and Deafness Scholarships

http://www.cchdwi.org/scholarship_listings.php

Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship Award
Several scholarships for applicants who were born with profound or severe hearing loss (of at least 60dB) or have experienced such a loss before acquiring language. Must use speech or speech reading to communicate. Must be attending or have been admitted to a college or university that primarily enrolls students with normal hearing.
Financial Aid Coordinator
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
3417 Volta Place, NW
Washington, DC 20007-2778
http://www.agbell.org

Scholarship Trust for the Deaf and Near Deaf
This is a special fund established by TPA in order to assist children and others with hearing loss or difficulty. Scholarship applicants need not be members of TPA to apply for assistance. All who need assistance can be eligible to receive help from TPA based on financial need. Restricted to U.S. citizens.
Travelers Protective Association of America
3755 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108-3476
314-371-0533
Fax: 314-371-0537
bschulte@tpahq.org
http://www.tpahq.org

Sertoma Scholarship for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Student
Twenty $1000 scholarships for hearing-impaired students or those with communicative disorders. Available for citizens of the U.S. and Canada. Minimum 3.2 GPA required.
Sertoma Scholarship for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students
1912 East Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132
816-333-8300
Fax: 816-333-4320
infosertoma@sertoma.org
http://www.sertoma.org

National Association of the Deaf: Stokoe
“William C. Stokoe Scholarship” – This scholarship is open to part-time or full-time graduate students who are deaf, studying a field related to sign language or the deaf community, who are committed to graduate studies in a field related to sign language or the deaf community. Must be a graduate student developing a special project on these topics.
Stokoe Scholarship Liaison
National Association of the Deaf
814 Thayer Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500
(301) 587-1788
TTY: (301) 587-1789
Fax: (301) 587-1791
nadinfo@nad.org
http://www.nad.org

EAR Foundation: Minnie Pearl Scholarship Program
Awarded to high school seniors with severe to profound deafness who are mainstreamed into society in any field of study.
The EAR Foundation
1817 Patterson Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Phone Toll Free (voice/TDD): 1-800-545-HEAR
Phone (voice/TDD): 615-329-7807
Fax: 615-329-7935
http://www.earfoundation.org
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Scholarships for Students with Psychological Disabilities

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship
Scholarships available to students diagnosed with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, major depressive disorder, or a schizoaffective disorder. Must be currently receiving medical treatment for the disease, including medications and psychiatric follow-up. Must also be U.S. citizen and actively involved in rehabilitative or reintegration efforts.
Lilly Reintegration Programs

Lilly Reintegration Scholarship

PMB 327

310 Busse Highway

Park Ridge, IL 60068-3251

Phone: 800-809-8202
lillyscholarships@reintegration.com
http://www.reintegration.com
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Scholarships for Students with Medical/Health Related Disabilities

JustNebulizers.com Respiratory Care Scholarship
JustNebulizers.com Respiratory Care Scholarship

Respiratory Care Scholarship by JustNebulizer.com
JustNebulizer.com will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a college student with a respiratory condition. To apply just create a 3 minute video explaining how your respiratory condition has molded who you are and what advice you would give to others in your situation.  More information available at http://justnebulizers.com/respiratory-care-scholarship

JustNebulizers.com—your online resource for nebulizer machines, accessories, and information—will be awarding the $1,000 JustNebulizers.com Respiratory Care Scholarship to a college student with a respiratory condition. You don’t need to write a boring essay or fill out any long application forms to apply. Just send us a creative video under three minutes long answering the following two questions:

1. How has living with a respiratory condition molded who you are?

2. What advice would you give to others in your shoes?

– See more at: http://justnebulizers.com/respiratory-care-scholarship#sthash.m671rWvV.dpuf

JustNebulizers.com—your online resource for nebulizer machines, accessories, and information—will be awarding the $1,000 JustNebulizers.com Respiratory Care Scholarship to a college student with a respiratory condition. You don’t need to write a boring essay or fill out any long application forms to apply. Just send us a creative video under three minutes long answering the following two questions:

1. How has living with a respiratory condition molded who you are?

2. What advice would you give to others in your shoes?

– See more at: http://justnebulizers.com/respiratory-care-scholarship#sthash.m671rWvV.dpuf

College Diabetes Network

List of scholarships for students with diabetes. https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/scholarshipshttps://collegediabetesnetwork.org/content/scholarships

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Scholarship Information

List of scholarships for students with IBD (including IBS, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease) http://www.ccfa.org/resources/funds-for-college.html

National Multiple Sclerosis Scholarship Program

The National MS Society’s scholarship program helps highly qualified students who have been diagnosed with MS or who have a parent with MS achieve their dreams of going to college. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Resources-Support/Insurance-and-Financial-Information/Financial-Resources/Scholarship-Program

 

Hemophilia Health Services Memorial Scholarship Fund
One-time award open to full-time students with hemophilia or another bleeding disorder. Scholarship may be used at any accredited, nonprofit college, university, or vocational/technical school. Selection based on academic achievement in relation to tested ability, involvement in extracurricular and community activities, and financial need.
Hemophilia Health Services
6820 Charlotte Pike
Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37209-4234
615-850-5175
Fax: 615-352-2588
http://www.hemophiliahealth.com

Hemophilia Resources of America
One-time award for persons with hemophilia or Von Willebrand disease. Sons and daughters of those afflicted are also eligible.
Hemophilia Resources of America
45 Route 46 East, Suite 609, Box 2011
Pine Brook, NJ 07058
Phone: 973-276-4944
http://www.hrahemo.com

Immune Deficiency Foundation Scholarship
One-time award available to individuals diagnosed with a primary immune deficiency disease. Must submit medical verification of diagnosis. Available for study at the undergraduate level at any post-secondary institution. Must be U.S. citizen.
Immune Deficiency Foundation
40 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 308
Towson, MD 21204
800-296-4433
Fax: 410-321-9165
tb@primaryimmune.org
http://www.primaryimmune.org

Matt Stauffer Memorial Scholarship
To support the financial needs of college students who are battling or have overcome cancer who display financial needs. Available to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
PMB #505, 4725 Dorsey Hall Drive
Suite A
Ellicott City, MD 21042
410-964-0202
Fax: 410-964-0402
info@ulmanfund.org
http://www.ulmanfund.org

MesotheliomaGroup Cancer Scholarships

Scholarship resources for those whose lives have been affected by cancer. Scholarships on this site are available to cancer survivors and family members. http://www.mesotheliomagroup.com/scholarships/

American Childhood Cancer Organization

Scholarship opportunities for those who experienced cancer as a child or young adult. http://acco.org/Information/TreatmentandSurvivorship/EducationScholarships.aspx
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UT Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

(ESA-NOSEK) Margaret Nosek Scholarship
For students who will be at the senior, master, or doctoral level in the next academic year. They must certify that they have a disability that causes a significant functional limitation in one or more major life activities. Applicants must provide evidence of ambition to pursue a career in research in any academic area. Preference will be given to traditionally underrepresented groups. Applicants must send a description of current research and anticipated outcomes to The Texas Exes, Director of Scholarships, P.O. Box 7278, Austin, TX 78713; or e-mail to moore@alumni.utexas.edu. Specific financial needs relating to this research should be included.

Carole L. Patterson Scholarship

For students with physical disabilities that are enrolled in at least six hours at UT Austin, with preference given to students with a mobility disability. Applicants must have at least a minimum 2.5 UT GPA. Financial need may be used to distinguish among applicants.

Will Rogers Memorial Scholarship

The Will Rogers Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a limited number of qualified students registered at The University of Texas at Austin. This scholarship is intended for disabled students or non-disabled students studying to work with disabled individuals, especially disabled children. “Disabled” in this context shall refer to students who have a physical or non-physical disability, including mental and spiritual hardships and obstacles caused by the environment and lack of opportunity. Financial need may be used to distinguish among applicants.

Lois Ford LaBauve Scholarship
This scholarship is given in memory of Lois Ford La Bauve. Ms. La Bauve was a Texas schoolteacher for many years and always displayed a passion for learning. She was the director of Services for the Blind and Disabled at the Texas State Library and founded the Texas Talking Book program. At least one scholarship for a minimum of $500 will be awarded per year for students who have a disability that impairs their ability to access printed material. If funding is available, additional scholarships and/or scholarships of a larger monetary value will be awarded. Applications are reviewed during the spring semester. Scholarship is awarded in the fall semester. The 2015-2016 application can be found at the following link: LaBauve application15-16.doc


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Books on Scholarships

Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families 2002-2004
By Gail A. Schlachter and R. David Weber
ISBN 1-58841-042-0
495 pages, 2002, Hardbound, $40.00

Complete College Financing Guide 1995
By Marguerite J. Dennis, 3rd edition, Barron’s Education Series, Inc., Hauppauge, New York, 1995.
ISBN 0-81201-635-1 ($14.95 plus $2.32 shipping in the US or $15.69 for overseas shipping).
282 pages. 1-800-645-3476 or write to Barron’s, 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788.

Dollars for College – Students with Disabilities
Garrett Park Press, Garrett Park, Maryland, 1997 ($6.95 + $1.50 shipping).
Approximately 70-90 pages long, this booklet is revised every 18 months. To order a copy, call 1-301-946-2553 or write to Garrett Park Press, PO Box 190, Garrett Park, MD 20896.