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 1, 2021
    Description:

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

    Eligibility:
    Central Washington University students are eligible.
  • Application Due: February 1, 2021
    Description:

    Up to $8,000 in academic assistance and a full-time summer internship.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate students interested in atmospheric and oceanic sciences are eligible.
  • Application Due: February 7, 2021
    Description:

    The Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship was established from a bequest given to AGI by Harriet Evelyn Wallace, who was one of the founding members of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS). This scholarship is for the support of female graduate students in the United States studying the geosciences. A new scholar is named each year, and every scholar is eligible for up to two years of support. The current annual award is $5,000.

    Eligibility:
    Female current and admitted graduate students studying geoscience are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 1, 2021
    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, 2021
    Description:

    This $500 Autism Society award is intended for students with autism.

    Eligibility:
    Students attending a post-secondary institution are eligible.
  • Application Due: March 13, 2021
    Description:

    The Joseph James Morelli Scholarship Fund supports high school and college students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia 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 dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia pursuing a career in STEM are eligible
  • Application Due: March 27, 2021
    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 31, 2021
    Description:

    Essay contest for college students with disabilities who are enrolled as full-time students in a two- or four-year accredited college or university. Length of the essay must not exceed 1000 words. We offer two scholarships per school year of $2,000.

    Eligibility:
    Essay contest for college students with disabilities who are enrolled as full-time students in a two- or four-year accredited college or university.
  • Application Due: March 31, 2021
    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, 2021
    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, 2021
    Description:

    Eligibility: Students with Type 1 diabetes who are/will be attending an accredited NAIA & NCAA Institution and who compete in an NAIA & NCAA sport. Minimum GPA of 3.0.
    Scholarship Amounts: 100 scholarships ranging from $500 to 5,000 with two $10,000 scholarships. 
    Deadline: March 31st, 2020. Application opens in January

    Eligibility:
    Students with Type 1 diabetes
  • Application Due: April 1, 2021
    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 5, 2021
    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.

    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

     

    Eligibility:
    Incoming undergraduate students are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 14, 2021
    Description:

    Candice's Sickle Cell Fund, Inc. has been established to raise awareness among the public concerning sickle cell disease. Our goal is to help alleviate the financial pressures of college-bound students in the Tri-State Area (NY/NJ/CT) with sickle cell disease by providing three scholarships annually in the amount of $1500 ($750 presented in September, and $750 presented in January). Each applicant must submit a 250-word essay type-written in double-spaced format to include how sickle cell disease has affected their life and education. Each applicant should also include what their educational goals are and how they expect to achieve them, in addition, what person has been instrumental in their lives to help them persevere.

    Eligibility:
    Graduating high school seniors with sickle cell disease in the Tri-State Area who can commit a minimum of 5 hours during the year and write a 250-word essay are eligible.
  • Application Due: April 15, 2021
    Description:

    Eligibility: Diabetic high school seniors going to college, or students currently in college

    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 26, 2021
    Description:

    All high school students with autism attending a post-secondary program in the 2021-2022 academic year may apply. In addition, all current college students with autism may apply as well who will be attending a post-secondary program in the 2021-2022 academic year. This scholarship has no geographic restrictions meaning it’s open to all upcoming and current college students with autism in the U.S and internationally! If you were selected in a previous year and/or weren’t selected you may reapply as long as you are still attending college in the 2020-2021 academic year. Just make sure to send us a new original application and essay!

    The winning applicant will receive a $500 dollar scholarship to be used to pay for their post-secondary education.

    Eligibility:
    Postsecondary Program Accepted in or Attending (I.E College, Community College, Vocational Program, etc.); Autism Diagnosis
  • Application Due: April 30, 2021
    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, 2021
    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, 2021
    Description:

    At least twenty awards ranging from $500 to $3,000 will be given to students with hemophilia and von Willebrand Disease; or is a caregiver of a child or adult affected by a bleeding disorder; or has a sibling or parent in the same household affected by a bleeding disorder.

    Eligibility:
    Any student attending a post-secondary institution is eligible.
  • Application Due: May 1, 2021
    Description:

    Four awards of $2,000 will be awarded to students who have been affected by a bleeding disorder. Applicants pursuing a career in the health field will be considered.

    Eligibility:
    Any student attending a post-secondary institution is eligible.
  • Application Due: May 1, 2021
    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: June 30, 2021
    Description:

    Students can apply by writing an inspirational short story about animals/ pets. Upon sharing it with us, we will then share it online via Petazi websites. The winner of the $1200 prize will be the one whose entry/story receives the most likes after we post all the entries on our Petazi Facebook page.

    Eligibility:
    All students located and currently studying in the United States or Canada are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Valid statements of current academic status as evidence that candidates are currently attending college.
  • 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:
  • 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: October 15, 2021
    Description:

    The Springboard Foundation's invitation to college students with disabilities to apply for 18 scholarships is now open. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage and increase the attendance of full-time college/university students who have documented disabilities, completed 24 hours of college credit and an accumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and provide increased opportunities for gainful employment. The mini-scholarship season is open specifically to students attending a college or university in Texas.

    Since 2016, The Springboard Foundation awarded 22 general and STEM-focused scholarships to college students with disabilities from four-year accredited colleges and universities around the country. This year, we have increased the number of scholarships offerings to 18.

    Eligibility:
    Have completed 24 hours of college credit and an accumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Application Due: November 30, 2021
    Description:

    Awards ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 will be given to qualifying students who are blind or visually impaired.

    Eligibility:
    Undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate students are eligible.