Given current economic conditions, we regret that the availability of funds in all scholarship categories may not be available for the academic year. However, we strongly encourage applications to still be submitted by the designated deadlines.
NOTE: The wording in these scholarships is that of the sponsor's, not that of Student Disability Services.
Scholarships are moneys paid for education expenses that are not paid back. Unlike grants, however, most scholarships are awarded based upon merit or some other criteria. Scholarships are commonly provided by non-profit associations and organizations, although many private sources also award them. In addition to merit, most scholarships require some other form of affiliation, such as membership in a particular club or association, or ethnic or other minority group. There are literally hundreds of scholarships available to students with physical, mental, learning and emotional disabilities. Below is a list of some of the most popular scholarship programs for students with disabilities, including a number offered to those individuals with a specific disability:
- The Foundation for Science and Disability Student Award Program awards scholarships in the fields of science, mathematics, medicine, technology, and engineering to graduate and fourth-year undergraduates who have been accepted into a graduate program.
- The Incight Scholarship Program awards up to 100 scholarships in amounts between $500 and $2,500 to students with living with any number of disabilities.
- Disability Care Center awards two scholarships: The Disabled Student Scholarship for students who are suffering from 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 and the Special Education Scholarship for students who are majoring in special education. The applicant is required to have a major in special education and must be scheduled to take at least one major-required class in the upcoming fall semester.
- Ability Center of Greater Toledo
- The Ability Center of Greater Toledo awards scholarships to students with disabilities currently enrolled in a post-secondary program (High School Seniors must have proof of acceptance). Must also be a permanent resident of Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Ottawa, Defiance, and William counties in Ohio; and Monroe or Lenawee counties in Michigan.
- Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome
- The OAR Scholarship Program provides scholarships for students living with autism spectrum diagnosis as well as more severe autism diagnoses.
- The National Federation for the Blind currently offers 30 different scholarship programs to top blind scholars.
- Cystic Fibrosis
- The Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships to help students with cystic fibrosis further their education at a college or vocational school.
- The UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program awards 25 one-time scholarships annually to people living with epilepsy, family members and caregivers who demonstrate academic and personal achievement.
- Hearing Impairment
- The Alexander Graham Bell College Scholarship Program offers several scholarships annually to hearing-impaired students.
- Hemophilia/Bleeding Disorders
- The National Hemophilia Foundation provides information regarding a number of scholarships available to students with hemophilia or other related bleeding disorders.
- The Hydrocephalus Association’s Scholarship Program awards eight scholarships annually to young adults with hydrocephalus.
- Learning Disabilities
- Offered through the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarships are awarded to two scholars annually with documented learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and dyspraxia. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder alone is not considered to be a learning disability. Applicants with ADHD must also provide documentation of a specific learning disability.
- Mental Illness
- The Lilly Reintegration Scholarship is awarded to help students with mental illness acquire the skills needed to reintegrate into society. It is open to persons living with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, and major depressive disorder.
- The 180 Medical-College Scholarship Program awards three scholarships annually to help students living with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, and transverse myelitis.