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: July 31, 2021
    Description:

    ABC Law Centers is proud to offer our Disability Advocacy Scholarship! Our firm will award one annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to an undergraduate, graduate, or law student planning to pursue a law or public policy career focused on disability advocacy.

    Eligibility:
    An undergraduate, graduate, or law student planning to pursue a law or public policy career focused on disability advocacy.
  • Application Due: July 31, 2021
    Description:

    Auger & Auger is sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship, given twice a year, to assist with tuition and expenses at a qualifying undergraduate institution. Applicants will be judged on their academic merits as well as the content of the application and essay they provide.

    Eligibility:
    Current graduating high school seniors with acceptance to an accredited school or current undergraduate at an accredited institution in the US with at least a 2.8 GPA.
  • Application Due: August 1, 2021
    Description:

    Six scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to full-time college students with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease, with each award exclusive to a specific demographic in the bleeding disorder community including women, men, inhibitor patients and immediate family members. 

    Eligibility:
    US resident, full-time college students with hemophilia or von Willebrand Disease or their immediate family members.
  • Application Due: August 1, 2021
    Description:

    The Disability Care Center awards annual scholarships to students who are attending college institutions that have a debilitating condition, support the disabled, or plan on making a difference in the disabled community.

    • The Disabled Student Scholarship
      • 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. The applicant will need to provide a physician’s statement of diagnosis for their impairment in addition to the other required documentation. Applicants who are pursuing a masters degree or higher are only required to be taking 9 credit hours or more for the upcoming fall semester. Scholarship Amount: $500 
    • The Special Education Scholarship
      • This scholarship program is 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. We will need additional documentation confirming the applicant is currently a special education major as well as a copy of their schedule showing at least one major-required class. This scholarship is for undergraduate students only. Scholarship Amount: $500 
    Eligibility:
    The applicant must be a disabled individual, support the disabled, or plan on making a difference in the disabled community
  • Application Due: August 1, 2021
    Description:

    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. The applicant will need to provide a physician’s statement of diagnosis for their impairment in addition to the other required documentation.

    Applicants who are pursuing a masters degree or higher are only required to be taking 9 credit hours or more for the upcoming fall semester.

    Scholarship Amount: $500

    Application Deadline: August 1st

    Essay Topic: Describe an obstacle or hardship that arose due to your condition and how you were able to overcome it. Explain the impact it has had on your life and how it will influence you in the future.

     

    Eligibility:
    Students who have a debilitating condition(s)
  • Application Due: August 2, 2021
    Description:

    Millions of people suffer from disability discrimination and disproportionate representation. Continuing discussions and raising awareness for people with disabilities is fundamentally important to ensure equal rights, treatment, and opportunity for all people. To support those with disabilities, the WiseGeek Disability Scholarship will be awarded to one student at any grade level or field of study who has a disability and large ambitions for their life. Award amount is $500.

    Eligibility:
    US citizen or permanent legal resident. Must have a disability. All GPAs and grade levels are considered.
  • Application Due: August 27, 2021
    Description:

    The Bonnie Strangio Education Scholarship honors the memory of Bonnie Strangio and is awarded annually to a person living with cystic fibrosis who, like Bonnie, has an upbeat personality and a “can-do” attitude.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate/graduate students with cystic fibrosis whose service and commitment to the prevention and cure of CF is exemplary.
  • Application Due: August 31, 2021
    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, 2021
    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; at least 16 years of age.
  • Application Due: October 5, 2021
    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: October 31, 2021
    Description:

    A $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate students with dyslexia and/or auditory processing disorder in the US or Canada; awarded based off applicant's essay on either "Living with Dyslexia" or "Living with Auditory Processing Disorder."

    Eligibility:
    Currently enrolled undergraduate students with dyslexia and/or auditory processing disorder.
  • Application Due: November 1, 2021
    Description:

    Emergency Educational Grants provide undergraduate college financial assistance to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks in the form of renewable, one-year grants of up to $5,000. The grant is for educational assistance only and is not intended to cover the entire cost of a college education.

    Grant amounts are based on the information submitted in the application and can range up to $5,000.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time U.S. undergraduate student demonstrating financial need; under the age of 24 and unmarried. Deceased parent must have been Elk member for at least one year before death.
  • Application Due: December 1, 2021
    Description:

    The Foundation for Science and Disability will give awards of $1000 to fourth-year undergraduate (who have been accepted to graduate/professional school) and graduate students who have a disability and who are involved in research projects in mathematics, science, medicine, engineering, or computer science.

    Eligibility:
    Fourth year undergraduate (who have been accepted to a graduate/professional school) and graduate students who have a disability; must be US citizens.
  • Application Due: December 10, 2021
    Description:

    Scholarships of up to $15,000 each will be awarded, dependent upon type of degree pursued. Applicants must be legal residents of the U.S. and diagnosed by a healthcare professional with one of the following: ankylosing spondylitis (AS), Crohn's disease (CD), hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), psoriasis (Ps), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ulcerative colitis (UC), or uveitis (UV). Qualified applicants must plan to enroll in undergraduate (associate's, bachelor's) or graduate (master's, MD, JD, doctorate) study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S. for the 2018-19 academic year.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate or graduate students living in the U.S. with chronic inflammatory diseases.
  • Application Due: December 10, 2021
    Description:

    Earn a scholarship by writing a short essay about how your mobility technology has helped you overcome an issue or changed your life for the better.

    Eligibility:
    Uses mobility technology
  • Application Due: December 15, 2021
    Description:

    One applicant each from the United States and Canada will be selected, who uses a manual or power wheelchair, or a mobility scooter, to be awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

    Eligibility:
    Full-time U.S. undergraduate/graduate students who use mobility equipment, such as power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs or mobility scooters.
  • Application Due: December 31, 2021
    Description:

    Designed for people who wish to earn a Sport Pilot license. Applicants must be able to provide proof of disability from their attending physician, be at least 17 years of age, a U.S. citizen, have a valid driver’s license, and be able to operate the controls of the training aircraft. Special controls will be available for Able Flight Scholars as needed. Scholarship applications are accepted at any time and reviewed on a continuing basis. Training takes place  from mid-May to early July of each year.

    Eligibility:
    Must be able to provide proof of disability from their attending physician, be at least 17 years of age, a U.S. citizen, have a valid driver’s license.
  • Application Due: January 1, 2022
    Description:

    The Boomer Esiason Foundation awards up to $5,000 quarterly to people living with cystic fibrosis and those students who are the children of parents with cystic fibrosis (living or deceased) who are pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate/graduate students living with cystic fibrosis or the children of parents with cystic fibrosis.
  • Application Due: January 1, 2022
    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 students with low vision.
  • Application Due: February 1, 2022
    Description:

    This award is for students at CWU with a documented physical disability.

    Eligibility:
    Central Washington University students are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2022
    Description:

    This scholarship is for young people who have learning differences. The P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship provides up to$1,000.00 financial award annually to one graduating high school senior who plans a career in the visual arts. Awards are sent directly to the college to be applied towards tuition. The scholarship may be renewed for up to three consecutive years based on eligibility. The amount of the award may vary from year to year.

    Eligibility:
    This scholarship focuses on students with language related learning disabilities..
  • Application Due: April 2, 2022
    Description:

    Varghese Summersett is a Fort Worth criminal defense law firm that focuses on state and federal criminal matters. The special needs scholarships can be used offset the cost of camp, tutoring, classes, secondary education, post-secondary education or tools to help the students learn and flourish.

    Eligibility:
    Applicant must have proof of diagnosis of Autism or Down Syndrome.
  • Application Due: April 15, 2022
    Description:

    To be considered for a scholarship however, membership dues must be paid prior to the scholarship deadline of April 15. Membership dues are $10 and can be included with your scholarship application or paid online through our donations page.

    Scholarship Amounts: $1,000

    Eligibility:
    Applicants must either have diabetes or have an immediate family member who has diabetes and a family member must be a current Diabetes, Incorporated member.
  • Application Due: April 15, 2022
    Description:

    This $500 award will be given to qualifying students with any type of disability.

    • You must be a current Washington, Oregon or California resident.
    • You must be attending higher education during the funding cycle following your application (2021-2022 School Year.) This includes college, university, community college, or vocational school. You may be pursuing any type of degree within these institutions.
    • You must be enrolled and provide enrollment verification to INCIGHT.
    Eligibility:
    Students with disabilities at a post-secondary institution are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 22, 2022
    Description:

    The Susanna and Lucy DeLaurentis Memorial Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to college-bound high school seniors with a chronic disease or other serious challenge to physical or mental health.

    Eligibility:
    College-bound high school seniors with a chronic disease or other serious challenge to physical or mental health.
  • Application Due: April 30, 2022
    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, 2022
    Description:

    The Mandy Wagner Foundation awards scholarships of $500 and $1000 to senior high school students or college students living with cystic fibrosis. 

    Eligibility:
    Senior high school students or college students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, 1030 SAT score, or 22 ACT score.