Scholarships

An important part of preparing for college is figuring out how to pay for it. Below you will find information about scholarships, including deadlines, award amounts, and eligibility. For more funding strategies for college, consult the DO-IT publication College Funding for Students with Disabilities.

Upcoming Scholarship Opportunities

The following scholarships are listed in order by deadline.

  • Application Due: February 27, 2017
    Description:

    The Women's Board of Central Ohio Diabetes Association is offering the college scholarship program to assist: students with diabetes residing in central Ohio, and who will be attending an accredited public or private institute of higher learning in the fall as a full-time student.

    Eligibility:
    Students with diabetes residing in Central Ohio who will attend an accredited school in the US in autumn 2017 are eligible.
  • Application Due: February 28, 2017
    Description:

    The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.

    Eligibility:
    Washington residents with a high school diploma or equivalent by June 2017, pursuing a STEM major, enrolling full time in a Washington state college or university are eligible
  • Application Due: March 1, 2017
    Description:

    This award is up to $2,500.

    Eligibility:
    Masters or doctorate students with disabilities interested in library school are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 1, 2017
    Description:

    The prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is open to all U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, applying to study abroad programs or internships for credit with a diverse background.

    Eligibility:
    U.S. citizen undergraduates, in good academic standing, applying to study abroad programs or internships for credit with a diverse background, including, but not limited to high financial need, students with disabilities, STEM field majors
  • Application Due: March 1, 2017
    Description:

    Scholarships are provided to graduating high school seniors. Preference will be given to students with hearing or other physical impairments, financial need and students from Windsor, Colorado; Conroe, Texas; and Wilkinson County, Mississippi. Scholarship awards are $1,500 per semester (fall and spring only) for eight semesters or $12,000.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors are eligible to apply.
  • Application Due: March 1, 2017
    Description:

    The scholarship supports students with one of the following circumstances: Students in foster care, guardianship or group homes or emancipated minors not in the care, custody or control of their birth parents. Students in foster care for the majority of his/her life and not in contact with biological parents for a significant period of time. Applicants must submit proof of their status as described above.
    or,
    Applicants can be students with physical disabilities. Applicants must provide a doctor’s report describing the disability and the limitation to their ability to work.

    Eligibility:
    High school seniors or graduates age 21 or younger, enrolled in an accredited post-secondary school in Washington state. Must also have residence in Spokane County.
  • Application Due: March 1, 2017
    Description:

    Ten awards of $1,000 will be given to qualifying students with hemophilia who demonstrate scholastic achievement and financial need.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time college students are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 10, 2017
    Description:

    Students with hearing impairments are eligible for this $1,000 to $10,000 scholarship.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 15, 2017
    Description:

    The Jennifer Leigh Soper Cystic Fibrosis Scholarship provides at least one $500 scholarship per year to benefit college-bound students with cystic fibrosis.

    Eligibility:
    Students enrolled full time in an accredited college or university with cystic fibrosis are eligible
  • Application Due: March 15, 2017
    Description:

    This award is intended for students with either a physical or a mental disability.

    Eligibility:
    Any college student is eligible.
  • Application Due: March 15, 2017
    Description:

    This scholarship will be awarded to promising high school seniors who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and have a financial need. The amount of this renewable scholarship to be awarded is $5,000 per year, up to $20,000. The scholarship is paid through the Seattle Foundation on behalf of the disAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Microsoft to the recipient’s school’s Financial Aid Office.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors with a disability, planning to attend an undergraduate program, declaring a major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law, business or related field, with at least 3.0 high school GPA
  • Application Due: March 17, 2017
    Description:

    The Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Fund supports high school and college students with learning challenges who wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Scholarships may be applied to tuition costs, needed resources, and/or testing costs and will range from $500 to $2,500.

    Eligibility:
    Current and upcoming college students with a documented learning disability pursuing a career in STEM are eligible
  • Application Due: March 17, 2017
    Description:

    First awarded in 1991, the WSAJ President's Scholarship was established to support and encourage the efforts of high school students who have overcome obstacles to achieve academically and socially. As part of WSAJ’s commitment to foster an awareness and understanding of the important role that the civil justice system plays in our society, the Washington State Association for Justice sponsors two scholarship programs for high school seniors in Washington state.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors from Washington state are eligible
  • Application Due: March 24, 2017
    Description:

    The program is available to those who will be enrolled in an undergraduate program or vocational school in the fall of 2017. Scholarships will be awarded based on a combination of financial need, academic achievement, and leadership. Both single year and multi-year awards are made, generally for $1000 per year.

    Eligibility:
    Students enrolled in an undergraduate program or vocational school in fall 2017 with a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester are eligible
  • Application Due: March 24, 2017
    Description:

    The Jill M. Balboni Memorial Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Jill Marie Balboni who lost her life long battle with cystic fibrosis in July 2013 at the age of 36. One scholarship of $5,000 (for one year) will be awarded.

    Eligibility:
    Students with a minimum 3.2 GPA, minimum SAT score 1750 or minimum ACT score 25 are eligible
  • Application Due: March 26, 2017
    Description:

    The scholarship is open nationally to high school seniors who have a hearing loss, which requires the use of hearing aid(s) in their daily life. The scholarship recipient will receive two state-of-the-art ReSound Hearing Aids which best fit his/her hearing loss, along with a $1000 Scholarship to the student’s college or vocational school of choice.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors who have hearing loss, requiring the use of hearing aids are eligible
  • Application Due: March 26, 2017
    Description:

    The scholarship will award one student per school year with $1000 towards the student’s college or vocational school of choice and ZoomText Screen Enhancement software.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors who are visually impaired, requiring the use of visual aids other than glasses are eligible to apply.
  • Application Due: March 26, 2017
    Description:

    This scholarship is open nationally to high school seniors who are considered totally blind. The interpretation of this is someone who has no light perception and considered a person who cannot see. The scholarship will award one student per school year with a $1000 scholarship towards the student’s college or vocational school of choice and WindowEyes software.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors who are considered totally blind are eligible to apply.
  • Application Due: March 30, 2017
    Description:

    This $1,000 award is intended for graduate-level students.

    Eligibility:
    Students who are pursuing advanced degrees in speech language pathology or audiology are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2017
    Description:

    The GuildScholar program awards scholarships of up to $10,000 each to students who are legally blind.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming college students are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2017
    Description:

    Thirty awards ranging from $3,000 to $12,000 will be given to qualifying students who are legally blind in both eyes.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time students enrolled in post-secondary institutions are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2017
    Description:

    $1,500 scholarships will be given to qualifying students with learning disabilities and who have artistic talent.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming undergraduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2017
    Description:

    Each year, The Board of Trustees and the Auxiliary to The Ability Center of Greater Toledo gives out $20,000 in scholarships to students with disabilities pursuing a post secondary degree.

    Eligibility:
    Live in NW Ohio and have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Application Due: April 1, 2017
    Description:

    Awards ranging from $500 to $3,500 will be given to qualifying students who are legally blind.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 1, 2017
    Description:

    The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential. The Gladys C. Anderson Memorial Scholarship is for a female undergraduate or graduate student studying classical or religious music.

    Eligibility:
    Female undergraduate and graduate students studying classical or religious music who are legally blind are eligible
  • Application Due: April 1, 2017
    Description:

    The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential. The Paul and Ellen Ruckes Scholarship provides scholarships to a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in the field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time undergraduate and graduate students in the field of engineering or in computer, physical, or life sciences
  • Application Due: April 1, 2017
    Description:

    The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential. The Rudolph Dillman Memorial Scholarship rewards Four scholarships of $2,500 each to undergraduates or graduates who are studying full-time in the field of rehabilitation or education of persons who are blind and/or visually impaired.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate and graduate students who are studying the field of rehabilitation and/or the education of persons who are blind or visually impaired are eligible
  • Application Due: April 3, 2017
    Description:

    Students with cystic fibrosis can apply for an award ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 15, 2017
    Description:

    The Aimee Melissa Davis Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends to remember Aimee. Scholarships are given to graduating seniors from a high school within Travis, Williamson or Hays Counties, living with a diagnosis of Type I Diabetes (insulin-dependent) with financial need and academic potential.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating seniors from a Travis, Williamson or Hays County high school with a diagnosis of Type I Diabetes are eligible
  • Application Due: April 15, 2017
    Description:

    Three $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to a student that will be an incoming freshmen with type 1 diabetes and will be playing a competitive sport in college.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming freshman with Type 1 diabetes who will be playing a competitive sport in college are eligible
  • Application Due: April 15, 2017
    Description:

    Up to twenty students who use wheelchairs may receive a scholarship between $1,000 and $20,000.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming college students at Edinboro University in Northern Pennsylvania and University of Tampa in Florida are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 15, 2017
    Description:

    The Novo Nordisk Scholarship awards four $5,000 scholarships to students that will be incoming freshmen with Type 1 diabetes.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming undergraduate students with Type 1 diabetes are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 15, 2017
    Description:

    Sponsored by the Diabetes Scholars Foundation, The Jay Franke Scholarship awards two $5,000 scholarships to incoming freshmen with Type 1 diabetes and pursuing an arts degree (music, theatre, dance).

    Eligibility:
    Incoming undergraduate students with Type 1 diabetes pursuing an arts degree are eligible
  • Application Due: April 15, 2017
    Description:

    Sponsored by the Diabetes Scholars Foundation, The Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow's Leaders Scholarship awards eleven (11) scholarships at $5,000 each, five (5) scholarships at $4,000 each and five (5) scholarships at $3,000 each will be awarded to students that will be incoming freshmen with Type 1 diabetes.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming undergraduate students with Type 1 diabetes are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 15, 2017
    Description:

    The goal of the Foundation is to provide young people challenged with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) the financial ability to pursue a college education. The Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation provides annually, renewable college scholarships to undergraduate students of up to $10,000 to be used toward tuition, student fees, and books.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors with childhood diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes are eligible
  • Application Due: April 30, 2017
    Description:

    Two educational scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $2,000.00 each to students with a bleeding disorder.

    Eligibility:
    Students seeking a post-secondary education with a bleeding disorder are eligible
  • Application Due: April 30, 2017
    Description:

    Three awards ranging from $250 to $1,000 will be given to two undergraduate and one graduate student who are members of LPA.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 30, 2017
    Description:

    The PreJax Foundation awards scholarships to students who either have been definitively diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) or have a parent with MS.

    Eligibility:
    Current and upcoming full-time undergraduate students with MS or who has parents with MS are eligible
  • Application Due: May 1, 2017
    Description:

    Faith Hope and Love Jesus, Inc. is excited to offer an annual $500 college scholarship. This will be the easiest 500 words or more essay to write in the world. Why? Because it can be on any topic or subject.

    Eligibility:
    Students with a medically-documented blood disorder or cancer diagnosed before the age of 18 are eligible
  • Application Due: May 1, 2017
    Description:

    The Scholarship will be awarded to qualified youngsters seeking to further their education by attending college. The amount of the scholarship is up to $5,000. At least four scholarships will be awarded in 2017. John Lepping was extremely proud of disabled students who mustered the courage and determination to finish their college education despite their setbacks. This scholarship will help to deter the costs of college for disabled individuals who may not have the resources due to overwhelming medical costs.

    Eligibility:
    Students with a disability living in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) are eligible
  • Application Due: May 1, 2017
    Description:

    This $1,000 award is meant for students with bilateral hearing loss.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor's degree are eligible.
  • Application Due: May 1, 2017
    Description:

    Three students with visual impairments will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship. This competitive scholarship is available to full-time college students with low vision, chosen from among those who meet the visual acuity and academic guidelines.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time college student, low vision
  • Application Due: May 5, 2017
    Description:

    Any student with autism or Asperger Syndrome is eligible for this $3,000 scholarship.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate and trade school students are eligible.
  • Application Due: May 31, 2017
    Description:

    Three $6,000 awards and three $2,000 awards will be given to qualifying learning-disabled students.

    Eligibility:
    Incoming undergraduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: June 1, 2017
    Description:

    This program provides $3000 for students who are interested in noninvasive technology for deaf/hearing communication.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate student, graduate student, permanent US residency, minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent) are eligible
  • Application Due: August 1, 2017
    Description:

    Nine $1000 educational scholarship opportunities to students diagnosed with hemophilia, von Willebrand Disease or other bleeding disorders. In the case of three of the scholarships, immediate family members may also apply.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time college student, bleedng disorder
  • Application Due: August 31, 2017
    Description:

    CHASA is proud to offer college and vocational school scholarships for students with a diagnosis of hemiplegia or hemiparesis due to any cause, or a diagnosis of pediatric stroke.

    Eligibility:
    Students under 25 years old attending a post-secondary institution affected by either childhood hemiplegia or hemiparesis before 18 years old are eligible.
  • Application Due: September 15, 2017
    Description:

    Vitality Medical's Student Disability Scholarship program is designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and want to make a significant impact on their school and community.

    Eligibility:
    Enrolled as a senior in high school or in undergrad and GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Application Due: October 15, 2017
    Description:

    Scholarships are open to any college-age undergraduate with PKU who is on diet treatment. Residents of any country are eligible to apply, but the application must be in English or translated into readable English.

    Eligibility:
    Current and upcoming undergraduate students with PKU and on a diet treatment are eligible
  • Application Due: December 1, 2017
    Description:

    Awards of $1,000 each will be given to qualifying students.

    Eligibility:
    Graduate students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are eligible.