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While it’s easy to surmise that students with disabilities likely face larger educational challenges than those without, the gap is increasingly growing smaller thanks to the work of targeted legislation and the higher education community.

As early as 2014 those 25 or younger with a disability that have a bachelors degree stood at roughly 17%. An additional 25% reported having some college or an associate degree on their resume.

In an increasingly demanding workforce that requires more of its participants to hold a post secondary degree, it’s important to help drive more of our disabled students into college.

To help with the increasing costs, we have compiled 5 popular scholarships for those with disabilities. Like other scholarship sources, many of the scholarships listed require a specific disability to qualify. The most important thing is to help all of the next generation realize their potential regardless of their disability.

5 popular scholarships for the disabled

Click here to see complete list and links to apply

Google Lime Scholarship

Description:

Google’s education and scholarship programs aim to inspire and help students become future leaders in computing and technology by breaking down the barriers that prevent them from entering these fields. As part of our commitment, we’ve partnered with Lime Connect, a nonprofit organization that supports students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising careers, to help university students with disabilities work toward their academic goals in the field of computer science. Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (for those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) for the 2019-2020 school year and will be invited to attend the Google Scholars’ Retreat in the summer of 2019.

Eligibility:

Have, or consider themselves to have, a visible or invisible disability (see Lime Connect’s approach to disability here)
Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at a university for the 2018-19 academic year
Plan to enroll as a full-time student at a university in the United States or Canada for the 2019-20 academic year
Maintain a strong academic performance
Be pursuing a degree in computer science, computer engineering or a degree in a closely related technical field
Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for computer science and technology

Microsoft disAbility Scholarship

Description:

The disAbility Scholarship at Microsoft delivers on the mission of Microsoft’s cross disability employee resource group to empower and enable people with disabilities. This scholarship enables high school students with disabilities to go to college and target a career in the technology industry. In addition, we hope to contribute to increasing the pool of persons living with a disability enrolling in higher education and, in the long term, decrease the unemployment bias for this demographic.

Eligibility:

To be considered for the Microsoft disAbility Scholarship, you must:
Be a current high school senior with living with a disAbility (as defined by WHO), whether that be visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, speech or other disAbility.
Plan to attend an undergraduate program in a 2 or 4-year University/College or Technical College in the fall of the academic year following high-school graduation. Schools must be in the USA or have a USA-Affiliate for financial transactions (contact Seattle Foundation to verify non-USA school’s eligibility).
Declare a major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law, business, or a related field (e.g. paralegal, pre-law, finance, business administration, or marketing).
Demonstrate a passion for technology.
Demonstrate leadership at school and/or in the community.
Have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Require financial assistance to attend college.
Enrollment status must be full-time or half time.

AG Bell College Scholarship Awards

Description:

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.

Eligibility:

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

Description:

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.

Eligibility:

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

ASAN Autistic Scholars Fellowship Program

Description:

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.

Eligibility:

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

 

Disability Scholarships

wdt_ID Name Type Deadline Awards Given Amount Apply Description Eligibility
41 AG Bell College Scholarship Awards Scholarship 03/08/2019 Varies 5,000 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.
42 Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship Scholarship 11/12/2018 2 2,500 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
43 Anne Ford Scholarship Scholarship 11/12/2018 1 10,000 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
44 Diabetes Scholars Foundation Scholarship 04/05/2019 Varies 0 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.
45 ASAN Autistic Scholars Fellowship Program Scholarship 10/31/2019 6 5,000 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
46 Mobility Scooters Direct Scholarship Program Scholarship 12/10/2018 1 1,500 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.
47 180 MEDICAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP 06/01/2019 Varies 1,000 180 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.
48 AAHD Scholarship Program Scholarship 11/15/2018 Varies 1,000 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.
49 Academy of Special Dreams Scholarship Scholarship 12/31/2019 Varies 1,000 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.
50 1-800 Wheelchair Scholarship Scholarship 05/01/2019 2 500 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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