The Americans with Disabilities Act requires all schools to accommodate the differing needs of their disabled students. Thankfully, this act made it easier for disabled students to choose the school of their choice without having to worry as much about their accommodations.
Several schools actively recruit for disabled students. Fortunately, there are also several scholarships offered specifically for those with disabilities. If you have a disability or are the parent of a disabled child, you will find several scholarship opportunities available.
Like other scholarship providers, there are general disability scholarships that only require the applicant to have a disability and those that may be offered to applicants with a specific disability. The scholarships listed below come from numerous sources, but their main intent is to help disabled students meet their higher education needs and career goals while lessening the financial burden.
AG Bell College Scholarship Awards
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) offers several scholarships for full-time students who are deaf and hard of hearing and use Listening and Spoken Language, and who are pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree or a graduate degree at an accredited mainstream college or university.
You must have bilateral hearing loss diagnosed before the age of 4. You must use Listening and Spoken Language as your primary communication mode. You must be enrolled in or planning to attend a mainstream university and working toward a four-year undergraduate degree or a graduate degree. This isn't the right scholarship for law or public administration graduate students; apply for the Nofer Scholarship opening each February.
Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship
The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with LD and/or ADHD in the fall.
The ideal Allegra Ford Thomas Scholar is a student who: Articulates his or her challenges and recognizes the need for self-advocacy Is committed to post-high school academic study/career training and has begun to set realistic career goals Has demonstrated perseverance and is committed to achieving personal goals Participates in school and community activities Demonstrates financial need
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 (LD) and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall.
Be a graduating high school senior who will be attending a four-year bachelor’s degree program in the fall Have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale (or equivalent) Submit current financial information Provide most current documentation of an identified learning disability and/or ADHD (e.g., psycho-educational report, neuropsychological evaluation, IEP or 504 plan) and has utilized services, supports, and/or accommodations. Please note: LD and ADHD can co-occur with other issues such as speech/language, hearing and vision, and autism spectrum disorders; to be eligible candidates must provide documentation of a specific LD and/or ADHD. Be a United States citizen
Diabetes Scholars Foundation
Awards are given to high school seniors with type 1 diabetes who plan to attend an accredited higher education institution. A number of scholarships are awarded; see website for eligibility and deadline information.
High School Seniors with Type 1 diabetes seeking a higher education at an accredited four year university, college, technical or trade school. U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Recipients are selected based on activities, grades, volunteering, advocacy, leadership, essays and recommendations from both a physician/CDE treating them as well as from a high school teacher/counselor. The application is an online application and requires both recommendations to be completed online. The applicants will not be able to submit their application unless both recommendations have been completed and returned. There is one application and students will be considered for those scholarships that match them. The scholarship is a very competitive scholarship and is intended for the student to complete and not the parent. Applicants are due by midnight (CST) on April 15, 2019.
ASAN Autistic Scholars Fellowship Program
The ASAN Autistic Scholars Fellowship program, designed to advance campus leadership, provides 4 to 6 autistic students a one-time, $5,000 tuition scholarship each to create systems change on their college campuses. Fellows are required to establish or participate in a leadership role within a disability rights student organization, work to promote Autistic culture and community, and take steps to improve disability accessibility and inclusion on their college campuses. Fellows are also expected to check in with ASAN on a monthly basis to receive support in achieving their advocacy projects. Applicants must be Autistic, be willing to publicly identify as such and should have a strong interest in disability rights advocacy and activism.
Strong interest in civil rights advocacy and activism for autistic people and other people with disabilities. If students are not yet involved in disability rights, involvement in or support for other causes can demonstrate potential for leading disability rights efforts. A background in and experience with the values of the neurodiversity movement A commitment to building Autistic culture and community on their college campus or in their local community Commitment to working with all autistic people in an inclusive and welcoming fashion
Mobility Scooters Direct Scholarship Program
To apply, you must be a currently enrolled student at a college or university and you must provide a letter of recommendation.
Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours undergraduate or 3 hours graduate at an accredited University or College. Must have taken at least 40 undergraduate credit hours or 10 graduate credit hours. Must have proof of a declared major. Must demonstrate involvement on campus or in the community of attended University or College. Must attach one letter of recommendation on official letterhead You must be at least 18 years of age to apply. You must be currently enrolled at your college or university during the time of submission. You must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
180 MEDICAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
180 Medical is honored to have a scholarship program to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, neurogenic bladder, or an ostomy (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy).
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, neurogenic bladder, or ostomy (ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy). Must be a legal resident of the United States.
AAHD Scholarship Program
The mission of the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is to contribute to national, state, and local efforts to promote health and wellness in people with disabilities and identify effective intervention strategies that reduce health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population. AAHD accomplishes its mission through research, education and advocacy at the national, state and community level.
Applicant must provide a Personal Statement (maximum 2 pages, double spaced), including brief personal history, educational/career goals, extra-curricular activities, and reasons why they should be selected by the AAHD Scholarship Committee. This statement must be written solely by the applicant. Applicant must provide two (2) Letters of Recommendation (One must be from a faculty member or academic advisor). Letters may be sent by U. S. mail or by email attachment and should include the signature of the teacher or advisor, and the name of student should appear in the subject line of the email. Applicant must provide an official copy of college transcript, which should be mailed to AAHD in a sealed envelope. Applicant must have a documented disability and provide documentation of their disability from a specialist (physician, educator, et. al). Applicant must agree to allow AAHD to use his/her name, photo and/or story in future scholarship materials.
Academy of Special Dreams Scholarship
In an effort to assist the special needs community to achieve their artistic dreams, the Academy of Special Dreams will offer a limited number of cash scholarships to those participants who submit their artistic expressions in the competitions sponsored by the Special Academy.
The artist’s portfolio should include 10 images, PC and Apple compatible (jpg). The artist’s publishable quality photograph or headshot will be needed for credits All materials should be labeled with artist’s name, title of each piece (if any), media, dimensions, and year completed. The portfolio of Art may include publishable quality photographs of drawings, painting, ceramics, digital works, mixed media, printmaking, sculptures or other works of Art. Self-portraits, still life and figure studies are recommended.
1-800 Wheelchair Scholarship
Established in 2006, the 1800wheelchair scholarship fund now bestows one or two $500 awards each year.
Enrolled at an accredited high school, college, or university in the U.S. Enrolled at the graduate level, undergraduate level or your final year of high school Aged sixteen (16) years or older Carry a status of "good standing" (i.e. currently enrolled) Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (or equivalent) Postmarked by May 1, 2019
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